The Anthropology Of Family1
Recently we had a family celebration in our home and there was some serious memory making happening. Over the years we’ve had a lot of celebrations and I’ve come to realize that so much of what we do fulfills two purposes.
Of course we want to celebrate the actual event, in this case it was Josie’s fifth birthday, but we also celebrate to create memories and give our young family a legacy. Together we make memories for me to file away and also for my children to tuck into their own memory banks.
When one of the kids has a birthday I always let them choose what they’d like to do for dinner. Whatever they choose is what we do and in the past it has been a range of going out to staying in.
This year the birthday girl chose breakfast for dinner and I was quite pleased with her choice. We had an easy dinner, opened family presents and then blew out all five candles on this homemade chocolate cake.
It wasn’t a fancy cake or really even Pinterest worthy but the birthday girl and I made it together during a moment of quiet in the afternoon. She cracked eggs like a pro and measured and stirred and even put the cake right into the oven.
I love looking at the photos from that evening and really taking that extra minute to study their eyes and the shape of their face. You start to notice detail that you don’t get to see when life is moving right in front of you.
Here we were. Living our life and incidentally making memories.