“Happy Birthday, Dad. I hope you’re having a good day so far.”
“Want to go out with mom and me for lunch for your birthday, Dad?”
“What book do you want for your birthday? Something by John Ortberg, or a book about Tim Tebow?”
Either one, Wes.
These are all calls I’ve had from my three kids in honor of my birthday. It’s a good feeling.
Family rituals are important for establishing cherished traditions and allowing the children to be fully integrated into the family’s life. Each nuclear family needs those rituals, and it is healthy for the extended family to share them, as well (such as enjoying holiday meals together, occasional reunions, etc.).
For years Cheryl and I made a big ritual out of our kids’ birthdays. Now it is coming back to bless us.