It looked like we were on a roll. Matthew had his birthday and it seems that we have been celebrating it for a whole week. It had been an exhausting week, that much can be said. I didn’t think that being ten years old would be such a big celebration for us, but that’s how it turned out and nobody is complaining (at least until I get the bill).
We had sort of celebrated with his friends two nights before his actual birthday and we had a small surprise party for him on his special day. Two days later, we were on our way to Batam to see his cousins. It was only that morning that I actually realised how much of a celebration we had been having to be honest. And now that I have, it is such a great blessing to be with family and friends to share your special day.
Growing up has its share of ups and downs and lefts and rights. Matthew had definitely been going through several paces at once and (from my perspective) he looks like he is having a bit of trouble coping. Either that, or he is trying his best to put up with his promise of not wanting to grow up. As an adult, I already know that growing up is not optional, it is something that is forced upon us by circumstances and to some degree, fate.
I do hope that we find our way to get through the next phase of our lives together. Parents always want the best for their children. How we get our children to understand that seems to be the difficult part.