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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Standard Slippage

When the kids were little, I was several steps ahead of the game when it came to the celebration of their birthdays.

If my preschooler was into dinosaurs? I crafted a cake complete with volcano, trees, and dinosaurs of both the herbiferous and carniverous varieties.

If the child in question was into knights? There was sure to be a castle cake, with candles on the towers, and a functioning portcullis.

As the kids got older, the cakes became simpler affairs, but they still kept to minimal standards. Namely, on time, favorite kind, and correct number of candles.

That is, until the barrage of permission slips, piercing requests, and texting plans got the better of me and I began to fall behind the eight ball.

Case in point:

Julie had a birthday recently.

When the kids were in school,I got the cake made. It was even the requested kind
chocolate on chocolate. Is she my girl or what?

It was on time.

But I kind of forgot about the candles. Never even checked to see if we had any.

I made the cake when the kids were in school, then ran out to pick up Daniel. By the time I got back, Rosie had prettied up the cake with some sprinkles, and added the candles. This is what it looked like:

Rosie found 12 birthday candles in the pantry, plus a number '2' candle. So she arranged the 12 candles, then broke a toothpick in half to make a plus sign, and then added the '2'.

I said to her, "What is all this?"

"Isn't it obvious? 12 + 2 = 14."

And that's how birthday cakes are done once you enter the realm of teenagers.
Or the realm of Moms-too-busy-to-make-sure-we-have-birthday-candles.

I guess they are one and the same realm.

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  1. Haha I'm doing that this week too! For my girl turning 12! And I totally agree ---were degraded to using cake mixes now instead of wholewheat carob I started out with 13 years ago!!!!

  2. Thanks for the subtle reminder that both boys birthdays are in June!!

  3. That's awesome! Thanks for making me giggle today. I am relieved that I am not the only mom on the planet who has forgotten the candles!

  4. @Jessica: "whole wheat carob" haha! What lofty ideals we start out with as new Moms, right?
    @Denise: Better go buy those birthday candles!
    @Deanna: At least we didn't have to resort to topping the cake with tapers or Yankee Candles in jars!

  5. That's too funny! I knew right away it was meant to be 14- what a resourceful kid.
    Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day. You got my vote in the Mommy Blog contest.

  6. I make our kids birthday cakes too (well, most of the time) and hardly ever remember the candles. One time we just stuck the lit matches in the cake and said those were our candles. You gotta do what you gotta do.

  7. @Jenny: thanks for the vote! And for stopping by. And for Rosie's "resourceful" compliment. 8-)
    @MamaHen: Haha! I LOL at the matchsticks in the cake. Love it!



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