So what happens when you have an empty nest and your child's birthday rolls around?
Well, I'm going to be in that position next year when my oldest goes away for her uni education.
We had a dry run of that situation this year with a friend of ours. She's here with her husband while her daughters are living in Australia, both in uni.
She couldn't take leave to travel there to celebrate with her child. Neither could her child come over as the uni term was still on.
So being foodies, she decided that we still had to celebrate her daughter's (M) birthday.
She invited a few good friends over, prepped dinner, I baked a cake and we had a dinner to celebrate M's birthday.
Of course we didn't forget M during the celebrations. With the phone in hand, and on video mode, we sang happy birthday, sent M birthday greetings, cut the cake, had a good time and then sent the video over to M!
We had a good time! And I'm sure M was glad we remembered her and celebrated her big day!
So, I foresee this is what I will have to do when my oldest goes away. Of course, it's nothing like being there with her to celebrate her day. But, I guess, we can't we too choosy when we don't have other choices. It sure beats sitting at home and moaning not being able to celebrate the birthday together.