Since we first decided that we would be in Australia for Christmas this year, Fainjin has been talking about having his birthday party with his cousins. In his mind, his birthday is immediately after Christmas (it’s about 10 days after), and he couldn’t think of anything better than celebrating with the gang of boy-cousins here.
So today we packed a cake (a bought one, horrors! but actually rather nice) in a chilly bin with lots of cold packs, some chippies, some lollies and plenty of cold drinks and met the rest of the Australian family at a local playground.
Presents were… presented. A candle was lit, a song was sung, there was much feasting and then the kids all played on the playground and the parents and grandparents hovered, watched or ignored them according to each family’s age group and inclination.
“Is this a good party?” I asked Fainjin, just checking in to make sure we’d met expectations. “Yeah,” he said quietly, and gave me a grin. Babess, overhearing, was more exuberant. “This is the best party ever!”
I hope she’s not planning a June repeat for her own birthday!
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