At the Main House we designate one day a month to celebrate birthdays. The volunteers bake and decorate a cake, they blow up balloons, hang crepe paper, and spread out flimsy plastic table cloths with bright "Happy Birthday"'s scrolled all over them. Every child that has a birthday that month is brought onto the balcony and changed into party clothes, sit at a small table and take part in the festivities!
Although they can't understand what all the fuss is about, they enjoy trying the cake, many of them for the first time, playing with the balloons and the attention from every adult on the balcony. Many children open gifts that have been sent from their adoptive families, and they stare around blankly as everyone sings "Happy Birthday".
Although they won't remember it, we have a lot of fun putting on these little birthday parties every month. The families love getting to see the photos of their children's first or second birthdays, and it's always a great excuse to eat cake!
Posted on Mon, November 11, 2013
by Holli Bickel filed under