|February 2009, coming back from celebrating her birthday at the movies.|
I don't know what most kids want for their birthdays. Whenever asked what she wanted for her birthday, Aurora most often replied : time with you and Nancy. My question was always: doing what? Anything. At the time, I didn't fully understand what she meant. Or why.
I always thought kids wanted stuff. Things they could play with, enjoy, break, fix and play with some more. I know that much of my childhood revolved around the birthday and christmas gift extravaganza. I remember being scolded once for asking my aunt: What did you bring me? Hmmm. Wonder where I learned that?
Aurora has always had a different take on gifts. She has always appreciated the handmade gifts we've made for each other. She never voiced any deep "need" for some random object the way I would expect most kids to. It has taken a while, but I think I am beginning to understand why.
|September, 2008, out photographing cows on our photo-safari|