My birthday this year was a Tuesday. Since I had to leave for a volleyball tournament
pretty much the entire weekend right before, we decided to have Eriko come over the
following weekend and baby-sit so my husband and I could have a dinner and a movie
date to celebrate. Therefore I did not expect anything on my actual birthday except
a birthday card and some "Happy Birthday!"
On Tuesday morning, Olivia greeted me with a "Happy birthday!" after she woke up and
said to me:
"Mommy, I am going to tell you half of your birthday secret now."
"What's that? And you are going to save the other half?"
"Yes. But the half secret is that Daddy is coming home early from work today and we
are going to take you out to your favorite Chinese restaurant!"
"That's very sweet of you guys, thanks!" thinking we were going to have that dinner
date at the weekend, I was not sure whether my husband had changed his mind while I
was gone. Still I appreciated their thought as I knew none of the three enjoyed the
traditional Chinese food in that restaurant.
Turned out Daddy did come home earlier than normal that evening and did want to take
me out to my favorite Chinese restaurant. I felt bad to suggest us sticking to our
original plan as I just had a big birthday lunch with a bunch of friends at work at
that restaurant and wasn't hungry at all. Well, they were not too upset about it :).
After dinner, Daddy revealed the second half of the secret, a beautiful chocolate
birthday cake he bought on his way home. But what really moved me was when the cake
was lit up and the light turned off, the three of them sang the happy birthday song
to me, IN CHINESE!
It turned out during the weekend when I was gone for the tournament, Daddy had taught
the kiddos to sing this song in Chinese. They practiced a lot and based on what I
heard on Tuesday night, they did a super job! I could even recognize half of the words
from Evan! :)
It was definitely a memorable and touching birthday moment for me.