Yesterday was the last day of work for my predecessor. I hope and pray hard that I've learnt well all, if not most, of what she has taught me. I admit it. It's more difficult to teach an old dog new tricks but I try. She does a lot more than what I had done in my previous organisations. And thankfully, my new boss understands. There are a lot of accounting related task that has been 'grandfathered' by the HR department due to 'history' but I'll try. Well, at least I learn new things and with the salary increase that accompanied this new role, I have to.
Anyhow, today was another slow day for us. We attended a birthday party of my ex-colleague's daughter, who turned one. After attending the party and another 1 year old's a couple of weeks' back, I'm glad I stood firm on the decision not to hold one when K turned one. More often than not, the child is overwhelmed with what's going on and usually ends up crying with all the excitement and commotion happening. Well, other than photographs, I do not think the baby will remember anything of his/her first birthday at all.
So, in my humble opinion, holding the child's first birthday with family should suffice. People that the child has grown accustomed to. A neighbour even advised us a hold a party only when the child starts asking for one. And I think that's a fine idea because as soon as that happens, I think it would be quite a lot more years that organising birthday parties will start to be a yearly affair.