Half birthdays were deemed worthy of celebration in our home when Judson was born on Christmas Eve. Faced with trying to determine how to best celebrate Jud’s life while making it unique from our Christmas celebrations, we started the half birthday plan. And when Jessie was born, to be equally charitable, we decided to do a small shout-out to her on her half birthdays as well. And so our plan was set in place.
When Judson died, the need to celebrate Jessie’s half birthday for the sake of equality became unnecessary.
But we are continuing the tradition anyway…
Yesterday was Jessie’s half birthday. And, of course, she enthusiastically embraced her special day. It brought great joy to my heart as I watched our little lady delight in her cupcake with 3 ½ candles, and the small gift we gave her. But especially sweet to me was the feeling that we were honoring Judson too; for it is because of Jud that we took special time to honor Jessie’s life yesterday.
Over the years, I look forward to sharing with Jessie how her half birthday celebrations are one of the many sweet gifts that have come from her brother’s life.