Just this weekend, I attended another first birthday party. That of my grandnephew, Ali. Ali’s first birthday celebration was a little grand and over-the-top: servers were in costumes; food served was buffet style part of which was a roasted calf; there was a funny magician who performed; the dinosaur-theme set-up was ostentatious; alcoholic drinks as post-party celebration for the adults were overflowing; and, there was even a fantastic fireworks presentation.
I no longer can recall how many times I have attended a first birthday party in the past. And consistently, since a one year old baby has no concept of birthdays and parties, the baby-celebrator is clueless and has zero idea why everyone is congregating for such a day.
It will make you wonder if such celebration was really about the baby or is it really about and for the people that surround him. I guess, the latter seem to be the correct answer to this question. It is indeed for and about the people who helped and will help the baby to grow happy and healthy. And it is most especially for the parents (in Ali’s case my niece Thatcher and nephew-in-law Alexis) who seem to celebrate for not screwing up and being successful in their first year with the cute and adorable child.
The child may have received all the gifts, but it is the parents and the people who surround the celebrant who receives all the hugs, the love, the praises and the encouragements as expressed and delivered by all the guests who attended.
I am pretty sure, Ali’s parents (and like any other parents) had numerous uncertainties and frustrations in the past year. I am also pretty sure, both Thatcher and Alexis had several worries and anxieties from crying outbursts to bottle rejections. Some hurdles were conquered by mere luck while others were resolved by experience. And oftentimes, snags and obstacles were resolved thru the assistance of family or friends. Thus, the first birthday party of any baby is indeed a salute and celebration for the parents and the people who surrounds the child.
I was given the opportunity to give a short talk during the party. I was able to give my warmest birthday wishes for the adorable Ali. I was able to greet a beautiful afternoon to all the attendees. I however, failed to congratulate Ali’s parents. So let me take this opportunity to express my warmest felicitations and compliments to Thatcher & Alexis for a job well done.