As some of you may or may not know, my wife and I have been foster parents for a little under a year now. In that small amount of time we have seen swings of good and bad of the "system" and also a gambit of the bad things that can happen to children in this world whether that be from neglect or from serious physical abuse.
However, yesterday I was humbled to see something really cool. The birthday of a child is a big event and our four year old foster son turned five. My wife made some treats for him to take to day care and then took him out to get a new glove, ball and bat. Then he got to chose dinner (spaghetti and meatballs) and got a cake with some spiderman candies on it. I was amazed at the excitement and appreciation that this young man had towards the whole day. This is a child that had never seen a baseball game until he came into our home and he was shaking he was so excited and he was beaming from ear to ear still when he went to bed. I feel very blessed to have been able to share in this young boys happiness.
I know those of you with your own children see this on a regular basis and I hope you are able to sit back and take that in because some of those memories will really stick for them, but in the same right, I worry that my soon to be daughter and future children may take some of these "little things" for granted where someone who hasn't had the family environment to get these things has true appreciation.