Today, a great friend on mine, Kaleigh (Ashley's daughter) turned 5. I had the privileged to be invited to the small family gathering at a local pizza shop (with vegan options and some vegan cake that we brought). I contributed a couple of books and picture to the spoils. Most of the gifts were overlooked (temporarily) as she basked in her much deserved attention. It was great to see her so excited.
I will be the first to admit that I do not know much about children. However, by my estimation, Kaleigh is a great kid. She is one of the most patient people I know (even at 5) and she really thrives to soak up information. She shows compassion and reason in her choices and is generally a treat to be around. Knowing her has made me a better person. She has taught me so much.
Although I do not recall my 5th birthday and she may not recall hers, I will remember this day for a long time. It was great to be a part of this and celebrate the end of a year with her. Thank you for inviting me in.
Happy Birthday Kaleigh!
Kaleigh was using the camera when she caught me stealing the last bite of Ashley's cake!