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D-a-d-d-y. (With Three D’s)

May 26, 2011

Yesterday, was J’s 35th birthday.

Morgan was making a “present” for his father, repurposing the envelope of our birthday card as gift wrap. He put a present inside, covered the seal painstakingly with dinosaur stickers, and asked me to write Daddy’s name on the front.

I said that I would help him. He has been working on his alphabet all year and his scrawling letters are painstakingly becoming easier to decipher. We grabbed a crayon and I told him “D-a-d-d-y”.

Several times during the process he protested that he had ALREADY made a D! How could Daddy have THREE D’s??

We repeated the word, taking care to exaggerate the “D” sounds. He trusted me and spelled correctly. He fussed over my “J” in the center that interrupted his spelling…but at last he was satisfied.

“Happy Birthday Daddy!” he shouted when J got home. “I got a present for you!”

J saw his card and might have looked emotional for a moment. The significance of that earnest little scrawl wasn’t lost. It was the first time that Morgan had written anything besides his own name. “Thank you buddy” he told him as he carefully opened the top of the card without disturbing the dinosaurs or the letters.

“You like it?” Morgan was smiling.

J smiled. It was a small plastic log. “It’s what I’ve always wanted,” he assured him.

* * *

We had a great birthday dinner–spaghetti, which is the kids’ favorite. Leighton double fisted her noodles and peas and had three helpings. Then, we broke out a tiny cheese cake from the store and served it with fresh raspberry sauce that Morgan and I had made. We lit three tiny candles and sang happy birthday to Daddy with every light off in the house (courtesy of Morgan).

Not quite the same as the noisy and hilarious birthdays of our childless days…but special and perfect in a whole new light.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2011 1:05 am

    Ohhh…. my mama heart is swelling! What a wonderful moment, a wonderful present for daddy 🙂

  2. Laura Hodges permalink
    May 27, 2011 5:30 pm

    So glad I had a tissue close by. What a sweet, sweet story Jen! Thanks so much for sharing this. What a prince Jeremy is — his reaction to everything Morgan in this story speaks to the great man and father he is. What a special, special story. Thanks for sharing this.

    • May 27, 2011 11:42 pm

      Laura, I am so fortunate to have Jeremy in my life. He is a wonderful dad and husband. I can’t wait for you to meet him one day!

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