Zum Geburtstag, liebe Rosie

Dear Rose,

Today was your third birthday. Your Dad made pancakes for breakfast. Yours was the shape of an “R”. The living room was decorated with 38 balloons. I tried to make some bunting, but we’re terribly sleep deprived and I couldn’t manage it. Instead, I got out my collection of hankies and tied them all together. It looked grand, and you loved it. I decorated your chair with flowers, just like in the book Miffy’s Birthday by Dick Bruna.

All your presents were wrapped in red paper. You didn’t know or care that your new bike was bought second hand from the neighbour, or that your doll’s house once belonged to the lovely Hochschild girls. Aside from these we gave you glitter pens, a little stethoscope and an old black “doctor bag”, since “doctoring” is big with you right now. We also gave you a groclock, which was a pathetic attempt to recover your sleep habits. You seemed to like it. Your favourite gift is a blue ballet outfit. It was given to us years ago by Sarah Schachtel, who bought it at a garage sale. I’ve kept it hidden all this time. I can see it causing problems, you already want to wear it all day.

We organised a party for you at the last minute, and by “last minute” I mean morning of. Nevertheless, you had heaps of guests, and our flat became a chaotic whirl of children, babies and adults. You wore a dress that my mother made for me, with smocking and a peter pan collar. You asked for an apricot cake, but we couldn’t get dried apricots and your cake was chocolate instead. When we sang, you cried and hid your face. You didn’t want to blow out the candles.

At three years old, you’re an enchanting girl. You’re articulate, stubborn, imaginative, bossy, serious, silly and kind. Your storms are very stormy, your sunshine bright. We love being your parents.

Happy birthday darling girl.

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14 Responses to “Zum Geburtstag, liebe Rosie”


  1. 1 Bec January 9, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Happy birthday lovely Rose. Wish we were there xxx

  2. 2 Ronelle January 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Happy Birthday beautiful Rose. Rose, you are so blessed to have the parents you do. Ally you are an inspiration. x

  3. 3 Jools January 10, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Happy birthday beautiful girl! We are so excited about seeing you guys again soon 🙂

  4. 4 Mr Buck and Sandy January 10, 2012 at 5:21 am

    A BIG Happy Birthday to Rose

  5. 5 margareteaudrey January 10, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    oh, how i love the “R” pancake! could tony make an “A” one for my birthday? 😀
    To all people, who couldn’t be there, this was a lovely special day for a lovely special girl.

  6. 6 Leise January 11, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Beautiful story for one very special little girl’s birthday. I can’t wait to see you all again, and I’ll be sure to wrap Rosie’s birthday present in red paper. Love you all xoxoxox

  7. 7 Gerri Frederiksen January 11, 2012 at 6:04 am

    “Buon Compleanno, bella Rose!”
    Such a lovely description Ally, of what sounds like a fabulous and memorable birthday for your first born.
    Love and hugs…Gerri..xoxo

  8. 8 Andrew Beddoe January 12, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Thanks for sharing a little of Rose’s third birthday with us:-)

  9. 9 Margreet January 12, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Happy belated birthday dear Rose.

    This blog made me teary-eyed, beautiful photo’s.

    • 10 Jill Leemen January 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      A belated….but very enthusiastic ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ Rose. The story of your birthday was a delightful welcome back to the otherwise mundane, after a week at Camp Creative…ahhhh. The landing was softened. Lots of love

  10. 11 Julie January 14, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Happy 3rd Birthday beautiful Rose! What a beautiful little party that your Mum and Dad have put on for you. They are truly special photos Ally. I will pray for you and your lovely family. Miss you! x

  11. 12 mavisandfrank January 15, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks all for the lovely comments, Rose enjoyed them all!

  12. 13 arthurkelly January 16, 2012 at 3:58 am

    It really is no surprise to us that you had such a special third birthday Rose. You are a very special girl with very special parents who love and care for you with all of their hearts.
    Next year you might be able to share a special 4th birthday with us at Grassy Head. daddy could still make pancakes on the gas stove and perhaps we could go to Macksville and have ice cream at Roses’ Ice Cream Parlour by the river. We would love that! You will also be big enough to go in Grandad’s boat and with some luck catch you first fish. That would be fun too.
    We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

    Love Grandma and Grandad

  13. 14 arthurkelly January 16, 2012 at 4:01 am

    It really is no surprise to us that you had such a special third birthday Rose. You are a very special girl with very special parents who love and care for you with all of their hearts.
    Next year you might be able to share a special 4th birthday with us at Grassy Head. Daddy could still make pancakes on the gas stove and perhaps we could go to Macksville and have ice cream at Roses’ Ice Cream Parlour by the river. We would love that! You will also be big enough to go in Grandad’s boat and with some luck catch you first fish. That would be fun too.
    We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

    Love Grandma and Grandad


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