Yesterday was my mother’s and father-in-law’s birthday (Happy Birthday to you both!!!) and despite it being odd that they share a birthday; but my newest sister-in-law shares a birthday with my mother-in-law and everyone else in the immediate family really comes pretty close to sharing a birthday season.
Why is it our people decided to breed approximately on the same day? It is just too odd to think about, so I am going to bring it up in public instead of bringing it up at the Thanksgiving family dinner party I host.
Last year’s Thanksgiving topic of “organ donation” was much more tasteful during the dessert course, especially when many guests whipped their drivers licenses out and not only signed in permanent ink, but made sure all had the proper witness signature to validate the strangeness of our “giving.” I mean… when this group talks about being thankful and giving, we really get competitive with our GIVING!!
So back to celebrating birthdays…my almost 5 year-old decided she wanted to make a cake out of play-dough for my mother yesterday. Too bad we didn’t have any in the house; so not only did we have to MAKE the dough, but we then made a lovely red cake with green piping and topped it off with hot pink candles, left over from any birthday party – all of which have been embossed and dipped in pink.
My mom likes to visit and take my daughter out to lunch periodically and today we suggested a surprise meeting place for her. In the past, Munchkin #2 had only requested McDonalds, Pizza Hut, or…uh, pizza, so my mom was quite surprised when my dad chauffeured her to a Japanese restaurant where we waiting for her. Surprise!!
We all ordered a lovely meal and my “All-American-Shirley-Temple-esque” child ate Japanese noodles, rice and chicken with chopsticks!!! We all were so entertained by this surreal circus act, called my daughter. She even drew a crowd with her cuteness and skills, if I must say so myself!
Then to put the “wasabi on the sake,” Munchkin #2 had brought in the play dough cake with OH, so many candles. As we asked for the check, the waitress asked if we wanted to light the candles. Obviously, the lighting was poor , or she needed glasses, OR the Japanese have REALLY interesting birthday cakes, but we all said, “SURE!!! Why not?!” So the waitress grabbed our 1970’s cake pan with the 4 inch red cake and pink candles and began to light every each one with a fireplace starter. All I can say is…I’m glad we didn’t burn the place down!
Happy Birthday Grammy and Grandad! And Grandad, we suggest you retire someday so you can have such a glorious cake and party mid week!! Wish you could have joined us. Love you both!