Sunday, March 19, 2006

Let the Festival Begin!

Yes, it's that time of year again.

Spring will soon be here and so will Benjamin's 8th birthday.

Since we celebrate it so many times, I've decided to reclassify this event as a festival rather than a birthday. This holiday is far more than a one day occurance. It usually spans out over two weeks.

The kickoff event took place today. Ben's daddy and I took him up to Barnard together with seven of his good friends. There they spent an hour with the fantastic dancer Mary Cochran (formerly with Paul Taylor Dance Company and Chair of the Barnard Dance Department). She's beyond cool.

She rounded up this rowdy bunch of no-necks and had them running, jumping, leaning, twisting, hopping, sliding for sixty minutes straight. It was amazing to see them in action under her guidance.

Afterwards we all went to V&T on Amsterdam across the street from St. John the Divine for pizza, soft drinks and birthday brownies. Party bags were distributed and all went home with smiles, tired muscles and full bellies. Isn't that a lovely state to be in? Every child deserves moments like that in their life.

Gottta go. It's time to do a full inventory of gifts received.


Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

We each have a Ben...but it is our Ben (yours) and Josh (mine) that have birthdays so close together.

I love being mother to manboys.


Happy Birthday to Ben!

Kranki said...

Happy Birthday Festival, Ben.

That sounds like a great day out. We just used to go to McDonalds for our birthdays...

Dr. Deb said...

I couldn't agree more. Some of my most wonderful memories are of my daughter's birthday. Not the getting part of the birthday, but the joy and the smiles and the fun that could be seen on children's faces. Sweetness personified!