Happy Birthday Little Flower

O made an important discovery in our yard yesterday. “Mama, this little flower is born!”

Sure enough, the periwinkle bud that had been closed tight for the past week had unfurled while we slept.

“It’s the flower’s birth day!” O said.

So we made a dirt cake (“Flowers like dirt,” O explained); we topped it with stick candles (“A birthday cake needs candles,” O said); and we sang the birthday song twice (O heard the little flower request an encore).

And we all clapped for the little flower on its birthday.

Minneapolis writer Words by Emily’s hand written note happy birthday little flower happy birthday to you with a little flower in it

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her helpful, science-backed journalism and essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com.

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