Long Expected Parties

I am celebrating the HA’s fifth birthday today. It isn’t her birthday yet; that will occur later this week. But the important point of a child’s birthday party is the party. Sunday works better for a gathering of her little friends than does the day after Thanksgiving.

Shortly after today’s party we celebrate the birthday of MBW. One impact of moving to the United States that certainly never occurred to me and I doubt occurred to her, is that her birthday — a day she could always associate with herself and herself alone — now falls near or on a major holiday. And then, on top of that, her daughter demanded quite forcefully (on pain of death isn’t putting it too strong) to be born the day after. I imagine she often feels a bit neglected with everyone concerned about preparations for Thanksgiving, or, if they are cognizant of a birthday at all, it is the HA’s birthday, not MBW’s.

I rented a house on the coast for the Thanksgiving weekend. This will be an intimate, immediate family only Thanksgiving. The big family event at some relative’s house is a nice tradition and often enjoyable. But I think we’ve travelled enough this year. And I want MBW to receive the attention she might not otherwise at a large gathering.

Plus, it will probably be easier to get a bit of writing done. I start chapter 4 of Warlord tomorrow. I’ll see how far I can get over the long weekend with a bellyful of turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the States. For the rest of you, when the day arrives, ummm, enjoy your Thursday.