My daughter had a birthday last week, and since she is now a freshman in college, it was her first-ever birthday away from home. Birthdays have always been a big deal at our house. Ever since my girls were little, during the night before, I always decorated our dining room with streamers and blew up an entire package of balloons to scatter on the floor, so that when they woke up in the morning and came downstairs for breakfast, there could be no doubt that it was a special day.
This year, driving 150 miles to decorate my daughter’s dorm room wasn’t going to be an option, but I still wanted to do something to make her day special. Then I remembered that the tiny town in northwest Minnesota where she is going to school has a Dairy Queen/Brazier® store within walking distance of campus (well, okay, everything there is within walking distance of campus, but I digress).
So I stopped by my favorite DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant here in Minneapolis and bought her a DQ® gift card, making sure to put enough on it that she could treat herself, her roommate and some friends from her dorm floor to birthday Blizzard® Treats. Then I tucked it into a birthday card and put it in the mail in time to arrive on her big day.
It wasn’t the same as watching her blow out her candles in person, of course, but I did feel a little better knowing that she’d be able to celebrate with her friends, and have a little something to remind her of home.
How do you celebrate birthdays in your family?