The birthday celebration had all the happy trappings .... delicious food, a pretty cake, chocolate icing, gifts, loved ones, a word-learning toddler repeating "Happy .... Happy .... Happy .... Happy" in a sing-songy voice from his chocolate covered mouth and a five year old who had proudly placed each pink candle in her mom's cake before they were lit!
Then a birthday toast to the beautiful mother of these children. Eyes glistened with emotion for a moment. Then the quiet was broken by the ever observant five year old saying, "I didn't know a birthday was like this."
How do you explain that Happy has layers, just like the birthday cake?