“C’mere, buddy!” I call.
He makes his way towards me with the look and the stance and the dance moves of a Birthday Boy.
Sugared and silly and happy, and then, more sugared.
“You guys match!” My friend laughs from behind the camera.
This catches our attention, and for a split second we all pause and look and smile, our arms and legs and fingertips connected, the party still happening in our background.
The camera clicks the moment still, exactly the way I like it to.
Brody’s birthday party was this weekend.
It was a golden, windy day that I refused to believe was anything but warm.
The sun beat its rays in slices through trees that dared to already begin losing leaves.
I stilled so very many heart tugs that day.
One story threaded within another.
Laughter and Happy birthdays and even a few tears.
Running feet and sugar doing its job.
Chairs sinking into damp earth, mothers relaxing.
Frosting scraped off of plates, the crack of a lemonade opening, spilled water, lost candy.
And so, so very much love for our little guy.
“Everyone has someone to play with!” Chloe whispered in my ear, her breath sweetened with chocolate and little girl.
I knew exactly what she meant. It’s how I feel about Brody’s birthday, too. The sweet spot of his friends being mine, ours, together.
Jason showed off his ribs, which disappeared much too fast and the rest of the party’s deliciousness came from Dickey’s Barbecue.
Oh, how our family (and friends) love barbecue. From the bottom of our hearts (and bellies!), thank you Dickey’s, truly.
We buttoned up summer in the best way we know how.
Surrounded by friends, laughing loudly, and eating well.
Day gave way to night, the sky darkening and chilling and absolutely announcing fall’s arrival.
We said our goodnights and goodbyes, and gathered the party’s relics quickly, efficiently, with a lot of help -bottles and cups and wrappers letting us know where the most fun was had.
Brody made his way towards me once again.
Pajamaed, he landed in my lap in the way that little boys do – all arms and legs and speed.
I brushed my lips against his newly minted four year old forehead, he leaned back a titch further, tilting his chin to the stars.
“I love four.” He said.
And ohmygoodness friends, so do I! Happy birthday, Brody!
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