A happy birthday song

Yesterday was Carter’s birthday, he’s 10 years old already, much to everyone’s happiness and astonishment (where did the time go?!). The day was filled with all the usual birthday things: a plastic candle holder that plays “Happy Birthday to You” and a candle to wish upon and presents and cards and even phone calls for the birthday boy.

But what I will remember most about this birthday is how Avery went to the toy box, got out his child-sized guitar, began strumming, and ever so softly, ever so clearly, sang the words “happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you.” We all watched him, drawn to the sound of his voice, amazed that he had all these words inside of him, that he’d had them all along, that he was sharing them now, perfectly. I looked at Tom, then both of us looked at Carter, who had the biggest smile I’d seen on him all day, a day already filled with big smiles.

I don’t think there will ever be a better birthday present, for any of us. Or a better way to end one year, and begin another.

Happy New Year, from our house to yours!


17 thoughts on “A happy birthday song

  1. Wow–that is right up there with your story about Avery saying
    “I love you” when you kissed the boys good night. Precious.

    Happy Birthday Carter and Happy New Year to you and your men–the big one and the little ones.

  2. Thank you so much for this heartfelt post Jennifer !!!.
    Happy Birthday, Carter !!!
    What a precious gift, Avery!!!
    Wishing all of you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year filled with many blessings. Much Love ~ 😀

  3. So beautiful. (And by the way, your raspberry chocolate bar cookies were a huge hit with my family!)

    Happy Birthday Carter, and Happy New Year to the entire family…

  4. I started tearing up as I read this, as I could hear that sweet voice and him singing the Birthday Song to his beloved brother.

    Happy Birthday Carter….a whole decade, that is cool.

    We are wishing you and your beautiful family a blessed New Year.

  5. Happy Birthday No. 10, Carter — where did the years go?

    Thanks Jen for describing Avery’s poignant words to his big brother — unconditional love shines through, doesn’t it?

    Love from our house to yours —


  6. Wow, I’ve got tears in my eyes now too. Happy Birthday, Carter! And Happy New Year to you all. May 2009 be all you wish for and more.

    peace and blessings,

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