02/25/2013 02:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Hallmark Moment on My Birthday


My 8-year-old son wrote me the card pictured above: "Love is the best thing a family can share." Somebody call Hallmark -- I think they have a future employee. But it got me thinking- how do we share love with family? And that got me sad. Because sometimes we put our best foot forwards when we are in the company of strangers and we save the worst for family.

What kind of love do we share with family? Insults, criticism, unbridled emotion, long boring stories, unreasonable expectations. When people say on the street: "Give me some love," I don't think that's what they're referring to. So I'm going to respectfully disagree with my son. Or at least I'm going to ask him to clarify to what subset of the noun "love" he is referring. Luckily my boy is wicked smart so he will know what the heck I am asking.

Ok, I conferred with my boy genius and he said that he was referring to "Fun with the family," so that I will definitely support! How many people can say to themselves "I had too much fun this year?" I don't even think there is such a thing. So I will show you the Shrinky Dink charm bracelet that was my gift that went along with the card.


And, with that, I am off to go have fun on my birthday, which includes not being bogged down with blogging unless it is fun. Which this was. Off to ice skating!