After a somewhat stressful and emotion packed end of 2012, it was somehow comforting to kick off the new year with a string of celebrations. A good reminder that even when bad things are happening around us, there is still much to celebrate and be thankful for. Occasions like my nephew Alex’s birthday party, our friends Karen and Sean’s engagement dinner, the one year anniversary of One Girl Cookies Dumbo and most recently, Valentine’s Day. It means we’ve been eating more cake than anyone should, but all in the name of honoring births and anniversaries and love. I consider that a good thing.
All of this actually got me thinking about how important celebrating these moments and milestones are. Coming from a family that fills in our collective social calendar months ahead of time, it is easy to become jaded. These celebrations consume free time that would otherwise be spent doing other, likely less important, things. Reading the Sunday paper. Making some homemade bread. Sitting around not doing a darn thing. Those activities are fun and certainly important, but the happiness they bring pales in comparison to seeing Alex’s eyes light up as his entire family sings “Happy Birthday” to him. Or to toasting to my oldest friend who has waited a long while to find her soulmate. I wouldn’t trade any of that for all the homemade bread in the world.
So, here’s to celebrating life’s little and big happy moments. It’s really an honor to be a part of them.