I’m not really into birthdays. I quit being so interested in mine when stuff became much less important to me. And I suppose it’s less important partly because stuff really isn’t that important (save my laptop…), and partly because I now have way too much of it. But I’m not the only person in the world. I have this family that lives with me… 😉
As married guys go, I’ve got it pretty good. My birthday is one week before Edi’s. If I’m smart (some years I do better than others), I figure out that when she starts talking about my birthday, that’s my not-so-subtle hint that hers is right around the corner. Automatic 1-week warning!
This year was kinda tough, though. I’m going to be gone for her birthday (mine starts in just over 30 minutes). And I really don’t know what to get *her*. So tonight, while she was out at a business event, I asked the kids what they thought we should do for her. Edison piped up right away with “let’s bake her a cake! Cakes make mommy happy!” He’s obviously much smarter than I am. I would have never thought of that.
So we found a few boxes of cake mix, one of which we almost had everything we needed for. Being the perfectionist that I am, I tried to talk ‘us’ out of the cake idea when I discovered we didn’t have two round pans (it would have been nicer as a round), nor did we have any non-stick spray or shortning. But we made due and … well… it’s a cake anyway. I can blame its imperfection on the kids 😉
She came home a little earlier than expected and I was *just* getting it frosted. Good thing, too, cause we had a little repair job to do :/ But the kids really enjoyed saying “Surprise!!! We made you a cake for your birthday!! Where are the candles???” They wanted it to be just right, but I hadn’t a clue where the candles were located (hey, I only live here half the time, ya know!). I finished up the frosting, we sang happy birthday, and she blew out the candels. And all that time I had forgotten that *my* birthday is actually tomorrow. They sang again for me 😉
And so far… nobody got me anymore stuff!!! 😉 A happy birthday for everyone, I suppose…