25 February 2012

Four year old reasoning

My kids go to a Daddy's Day Out preschool program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This year, Princess' birthday falls on a Saturday, and Mommy is going out of town for a week starting Sunday.

Now, as a reasoning adult, throwing a birthday party at her preschool for my newly minted four year old Princess on Thursday sounded like a great idea. Then on her actual birthday, Daddy would make a birthday cake while Mommy took her out for a girls' day out. It seemed to make sense as we worked it out.

To a four year old, not so much. She keeps expecting another full fledged birthday party with all her family and friends coming in to celebrate. And I can understand that, because we've always made a pretty big deal out of their birthdays. Of course, this year, things didn't work out that way. The grandparents are heading to Florida for vacation, where we were planning to join them, and celebrate Princess' birthday. But Sweetheart's new job requires her to be out of town, so we had to cancel vacation.

I almost think I'd rather have the birds and the bees talk with her than keep trying to make her comprehend that sometimes life changes and things don't work out the way you want them to. Like when you have a frosting malfunction.

But on the bright side, once she saw her butterfly (yes, that's actually what it is...or at least what it's supposed to be) she perked up a bit. And since she loved her butterfly, I figure this is a pretty successful birthday celebration.