So I show up with cake, cards, and cousins in tow to make sure that he knows his family loves him.
Check out the nonchalant attitude - cuz he is too cool for birthdays
OOo- not so cool now. This is cause for celebration. Look- almost a smile even.
His friends liked the cake. And almost another smile there too.
Mission accomplished. Doubly so because apparently I embarrassed my almost 13yo daughter when I asked one young lad (with an immensely studded - lots and lots and lots and lots- jean jacket) if they were a protective barrier against anyone from his family giving him a hug. OMG - How could I say that in front of all those cute guys??? Because, dang it, that is my job. And my joy.