There are two people in your life you have absolute, undeniable responsibility for, from the moment you’re born. Your Mumma. And your sister.
I don’t want this to sound overly dramatic; I simply want to make clear the role you play in their lives. (Note: I have the same conversation with your sis lest you think there’s some slant or bias here.)
There’s a one month period every year where this will be more important than ever: January 12 – February 15. Why? Because you’ve got Anaiya’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, and your Mumma’s birthday coming at you faster than you’ll know what to do with.
Keep calm. Give hugs. Sit in laps as long as you can; and when you can’t any longer, sleep in them. That last one lasts forever; I know, because I still sleep in my Mumma’s lap.
You did a bang up job of it this year. You let them get whacky while you just smiled, and chilled, and hugged, and loved.
Sometimes, it can really be that simple. You found a way to make their day about them, but making sure you never made it about you. So young, and already, so wise. Keep it going, Jaanu.
And Happy Birthday, Mumma. Also, the house didn’t always look like that mess behind you. We’re moving soon.