Today is that magical day of the year when Shaun becomes only one year younger than I am. The best part of any family celebration in the past year has been assisting Nels in making a card for the honoree. He draws a picture and then one asks him, "what do you want the card to say?"
The reply, word for word:
I love your birthday.
I love you, but please don't fight at my birthday.
I don't want you to be sassy or naughty at my birthday.
Dear Daddy, please don't be a monster at my birthday!
I love you for your birthday, but don't --please-- talk naughty and sassy. But I love you."
And, yes, those birthday sentiments DO reflect EXACTLY what kind of week we've had around here.