Sunday, January 25, 2009

Let Them Eat Birthday Cake


Happy Birthday to Me! Left to right: Age 5, 7, and 8 (with the infamous Flying Nun hairdo. Thanks, Mom.) There are party pictures, of course, but we usually started with a birthday portrait.

Once upon a time, children had birthday parties at home. The entertainment consisted of some games: pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs, drop the clothespins in the jar, the memory game. A little prize was awarded to the winner of each game; no prizes for the losers. Then we opened presents, we had cake and ice cream, and everyone went home. Without "goodie bags." Yes, I guess it was a bit barbaric, but we didn't know any better; we thought it was fun.

We dressed in Party Dresses for the occasion. Everyone was on their best behavior, or as close as we could come. Aside from the presents, the highlight was the birthday cake. Mom was a wonderful baker and creative cake decorator. My cakes were usually doll cakes. They were baked in a bowl, then turned upside-down to become a Gone-With-The-Wind style skirt. A generic Barbie was inserted in the middle, with more icing for her bodice. I thought it was very glam.

The only low light was when Bro #1, still in his monster phase, would jump in front of the celebrant at the last minute and blow out the birthday candles. No matter how many times he was warned not to, he just couldn't resist. His monster phase lasted until his early teen years, when he suddenly boomeranged into Eddie Haskell, which made us all yearn for the monster.

4 comments:

StephB said...

Happy Birthday, Nancy. I love the pics and posts with your family though the years :)

La Cootina said...

Thanks, Steph. I'm sure all three sibs would offer very different versions of events. And they are welcome to start their own blogs anytime. ;D

Anonymous said...

Bro #1 here... Interesting how perspectives can differ: I just thought I was exhibiting leadership qualities, unbridled enthusiasm and compassionate involvement - only to learn decades later that my actions were "monster"-like. And Eddie Haskell???

La Cootina said...

This must be from whence the phrase, "Oh, brother!" came...