A Maleficent Birthday

My wife is very conflicted about December. Christmastime is her favorite time of year. But, she also has to deal with three birthdays within a month of each other. (Everybody in our family but her!)

I understand that it’s a very busy time, and I appreciate that she makes each birthday very special. But I always wonder, what’s the big deal? Throw a few parties, give some goodie bags, everybody has a great time, and you’re done, right?

Last night, I was reading Sleeping Beauty to the kids before bedtime. The evil fairy Maleficent had just attempted to murder Princess Aurora, had imprisoned Prince Philip, and was now fighting him to the death. Maddie asked me, “Why does Maleficent want to hurt Prince Philip?”

“Because she didn’t get invited to Princess Aurora’s birthday party.”

If that’s what Disney teaches little girls, I think I understand my wife’s ambivalence about December a little better.

Who We Were Then
  • David
  • Lillian
  • Maddie (5 years old)
  • Aaron (2 years old)

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