Rainbow Bright

9 Sep

My lovely girl turns 14 this weekend.

Sunday. September 11.

She turned 4 the day terrorists attacked our country, and every year since her celebrations have been under the cloud of the horrible events of that day.

When she started school, the morning routine was for every birthday child to be called to the principal’s office and get a special birthday pencil. Except on September 11, when opted for a moment of silence instead.

Certainly these remembrances are important and appropriate.  But it still kind of sucks to be a kindergartener waiting for your big birthday pencil moment that never comes.

So this weekend, as the 10-year tributes blanket the country, we are headed out to the coast to camp on the beach. We’ll hunt shells instead of watch TV, build sand castles instead of seeing towers fall. It’s not that we don’t care, but we will honor those lost by seeking peace and joy.

But before we head out, we are eating some birthday cake, and celebrating the girl who brings color and joy to our lives every single day.  Even on September 11.


My rainbow cake rendition is a little lopsided the leaning tower of Cake-za. But the surprise when she cut into it was awesome. I hope this weekend, you and yours are also surprised by rainbows in the middle of storms

 If you want to make the cake, you can see a way better version of it here at Whisk Kid

6 Responses to “Rainbow Bright”

  1. Karen Jensen September 10, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    Awesome cake! Have a wonderful birthday celebration. I have mixed feelings about all of this nostalgia, anyway. I think it might be different if the changes we’ve made since Maddy’s fourth birthday actually made this country better. So happy birthday! Celebrating love and life–now THAT’S the best way to honor those who’ve gone before.

  2. Bridget September 12, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    Hope you guys had a wonderful time!

  3. Vicki September 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    Happy birthday to your daughter. Tell her that I know how she feels, my birthday is the same day.

  4. Molly September 14, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    So awesome! I’m making this next. Last year I made this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp4yWTLIPaE The Cherpumple. That was pretty neat.

  5. Beth September 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    Nice to know that there was joy and happiness being shared on such a sad day. Congratulations on having a 14-year old. What exciting times lie ahead…


  6. Jean September 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Glad you found a good way to celebrate your daughter’s birthday. My brother shares that day as his birthday. At least he’s an adult. It’s a long time ago, but the school made a mistake in not honoring her birthday in addition to the moment of silence — they could have easily done both.

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