Serendipity, definition n.
is the effect by which one accidentally stumbles upon something fortunate,
especially while looking for something entirely unrelated.
All my birthday girl requested after I asked her what she wanted to do for her birthday, was a trip to the park to feed the ducks. Don't you love how easy to please small children can be? The simple fact that she is just as delighted or more so, with a pair of orange fairy slippers from the dollar store than something you spent $50.00 on, thrills me to no end. We were delighted to have Poppy and Nana join us for our little birthday outing and while we were there feeding the ducks at the park, something very magical happened. Like something straight out of a fairytale, the big tower clock above us struck four. She and I both listened with delight as the bells rang out their little tune and I quickly whispered into her ear, " oh honey, let's count " After a short pause it started in...Dong..." one." Dong...." two." Dong..." three." Dong..." four."
And look of amazement on her face was so precious, I'll never forget it.
" Mommy, mommy! The bells ringed four times, four just like me."
And right then I decided something. I decided that the bells would make a perfect new birthday tradition, until they turn thirteen anyway. So every birthday from now on, we are going to find bells, on the hour that coincides with the year of their birth and set apart that particular time of the day to pause, and celebrate them.
You've already heard what her favorite thing about her birthday was.
That was my favorite thing about her birthday.
That and watching my Mom go down the slide with her.