Today is Ravi’s 2nd birthday since the advent of Elanor. Last year, I bought him a t-shirt from Elanor that matched her onesie, begging readers to “Come to the dark side, we have cookies—V” Elanor had, at best, three words–mama, dada, and yum. I didn’t really consult her on the gift.
This year, while there is no question that I was steering the boat, she made most of the decisions about the gift. I’m pretty confident that she will manage a “Happy Birthday” before the day is out. She will be an active participant in the eating of dinner and cake. And she will make a card for her Daddy.
Seeing how much they change from year to year blows me away…before I know it, she’ll be helping me bake or decorate the cake (or ask to do it herself if she is so inclined). In a few years she’ll be able to do the printing on the card herself. But I have a feeling that she’ll always be her Daddy’s little girl.