This is going to be one of those things Julia tells later in life to explain how much her parents didn’t really love her!
Luke and I have been wanting to plan a trip away together. We are WAY overdue. We last spent a night alone without kids in 2004. Considering everything that has happened in our life since then we really need that time together.
We narrowed our time frame down to January as there are some obligations for Luke in February and then things get busy in March with some other things. We wanted a Thursday through Tuesday to maximize the weekend and flights. There were a few other factors that narrowed it down to Jan 22 – 27. We talked about it figured out where we were going (mexico) and checked with my parents on dates and then I booked it.
I walked down to the basement to get the confirmation off of the printer. I picked it up and looked at it. At that moment Jan 22 for the FIRST time registered as JULIA’S BIRTHDAY. Whoops! I don’t know how I could have forgetten my child’s birthday, but I did. Thank goodness we will at least see her on her birthday. She will get tons of attention from my parents.
We told her a few days ago and she seemed OK but a day or two later asked why did we HAVE to leave on her birthday. I kind of lamely explained to her but there is no real excuse.
I remember being so upset to be stuck in New York for her second birthday. She doesn’t know that I missed that one. This is just another thing on the long list of things that the neglected middle child has put on her. She has basically the worst case of middle child. Her older sibling is dead, her younger sibling is a mama’s girl and her mom “missed” all that time with her from ages 14 months through 6 that she sees her little sister getting.
We are not going to change it. She will be able to tell the story about how her parents left her and went to Mexico on her seventh birthday. I pray that is the worst thing she can say about her parents (but I highly doubt it will be). We probably need to start a therapy fund.