“You have been my friend, replied Charlotte. That in itself is a tremendous thing.”
~E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
Alisha came to visit and it was the best ever. We laughed excessively, drank wine, ate good food, saw the sights and did some shopping, all with four kids in tow. As much as I was thrilled to see my best friend, the kids were just as excited. They love the time they get with Alisha.
Since the 7th grade, Alisha has been right by my side and I couldn’t be more grateful for her friendship.
On Friday, Elsa celebrated her 8th birthday. After she opened gifts, we drove to Peggy’s Cove (Elsa and Soren got carsick and threw up…oops), had lunch, decorated cupcakes, went to dinner, made slime and watched a movie.
Around mid afternoon Elsa’s energy shifted and she started to cry. She quietly told me, “I’m having a good birthday, but it just feels different…”
I had been expecting this and it was one of the reasons I planned such a busy day. Her past birthdays involved lots of friends and extended family. I didn’t want her to feel like she was missing anything, especially since Parker is traveling for work.
Thankfully, she didn’t sit in her sadness too long and we ended her night on a high note, doing what she loves, making slime. She even made a special slime for Alisha’s niece and nephew in Wisconsin.
We went to bed and snuggled. Elsa shared some of the worries she’s had lately and I reassured her everything was going to be okay. I find with anxiety, if you say your thoughts out loud to someone who cares, it takes the burden off your shoulders. The worry doesn’t feel so overwhelming and isolating.
I’m proud of Elsa and how far she has come with managing her emotions and pushing through some of her anxieties. Life is big for all the kids right now and it’s comforting to see them handling the changes with honesty and a touch of optimism.