Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Turning Five

In the name of God, the Most beneficent, the Most merciful

Chusy turned five today, Alhamdulillah, Masha Allah.
We told him that it was his birthday and he was now five years old. We thought he would be happy to be five(he thinks he's really big,:))He didn't understand.

He couldn't understand how he was 4 years old yesterday and now suddenly he's five. He thought the word 'birthday' meant party just like the parties other kids have on their birthdays. We tried to explain that birthday is the day one is born.

Then, we packed our bags and went for a trip.....down Memory Lane.

We talked about the time when he was born, how he was inside mama's tummy. We talked about how tiny he was and how he was crying. He was so aware of his surroundings and would look everywhere when he heard anyone speak when he was very tiny. how he had gone on a cruise on lake Tahoe in Nevada when he was only 6 weeks old and needed a diaper change and we'd forgotten the diaper bag in the car.

We also remembered how it was. He used to get up so frequently at night that we couldn't get enough sleep and I really believed that I would never ever be able to get a good night's sleep.

We remembered how we had traveled 18 hours around the world when he was 40 weeks old.

He found it fascinating to hear about the time when he was less than 4 months old, he used to make this funny sound as if blowing something away, as if trying to talk. He used to love being surrounded by his doting extended family, Masha Allah.

We remembered the time he had first started to crawl, stand up and then walk when he was just 8 months old.

This is how we spent our son's 5th Birthday. Just like any other day, except we talked about his milestones and other nice things we remembers. There was no talk of party, cake or presents.

Its remarkable how kids who are not exposed to the TV/ commercial media directly or indirectly are saved from so many things. They are not interested in specific presents new in the market, they don't care about what everyone else has. What new superhero is 'in' and what products(T-shirts/ bags/shoes, etc) are in the market related to them. Not going to school and being around kids all the time also helps:).

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