Today we went to P’s 3rd birthday party. It was beautiful weather here today and the garage at her place had been converted into P’s cafe. There was a bouncy castle and nailpolish and facepainting for the children. As I am still in touch with my child part – or having my second childhood – I got my face painted too. We took pasta salad as our contribution and there were lots of salads and barbecued meat. S had made a lovely cake for P. It was a chocolate cake with pink buttercream icing and lots of decorated marshmallows on it, as P had wanted a marshmallow cake. It was a bit of a bittersweet day for us today, as P is the daughter of our friend who died from the brain tumour just over a month ago. There were lots of young children there and lots of people who have been at each of her three birthday parties. we only stayed for a bout an hour as R came to me and said he wanted to go home, as he was finding it really hard, and had gone off and had a cry, as J, our friend had been a mentor to him.