Birthday Boy

The boy turns 1 year of age today, which means that I've not completely failed as a parent to keep him safe from harm. Birthdays in this part of Asia are slightly different from the ones I participated in while growing up in Canada, in that children are often encouraged to thank their mother for giving them life. This is in addition to Mother's Day, and is a nice sentiment that I'd like to ensure my son keeps. While we may not all ask to be here, we can certainly thank the people who went through the pain to bring us into existence.