We used to have the biggest, most magnificent birthdays as children, wearing grandma-made paper crowns at our game-filled parties. Surrounded by cousins, eating sugar roses off our beautiful cakes. And oh! The school day parties with Grandma sending us off with beautifully strung lei, then bringing a flat of homemade cupcakes and goodie bags for each and every classmate.
And then, you know, adulthood.