Today is my son's twentieth birthday (yes, I'm surprised I have a child that old too). It's his freshman year at Toledo University; so unlike birthdays of the past, he has to attend classes all day and work until late tonight. I'm sure he is missing birthdays when he was seven.
OH, TO BE SEVEN AGAIN
Remember when the
best day of the year was
Your friends at school ate cookies
and sang happy birthday to
Cheeseburgers, pizza or macaroni.
The evening meal was whatever was chosen by
Basketball, Pokemon, or a knight's shield.
The cake was the shape of
your latest obsession.
It took all of your might to blow out your candles
after everyone sang happy birthday to
Your wrapping paper, a favorite superhero.
kept treasures hidden until opened by
Transformers, legos, or an action castle.
You shouted with glee as you discovered what was chosen for
Oh to be seven again,
when a birthday was all about