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It Was the Birthday Cake Which Did Her In

“Too many damn feathers!” my mother replied when I asked her why she stopped making character birthday cakes. This I had asked on my 43rd birthday when I decided I wanted a bunny cake. But, this time we were going to make it together and when wine, baking, and bunnies combine well…let’s just say it tasted better than it looked. But back to the feathers.

If you’ve been following the weekly snippets of Three-Part Harmony, you may know that I celebrated my fourth birthday in a hospital room. Which of course meant I got to celebrate at least a week early with friends and family. C’mon guys, I was three!

As the story goes, that year, Big Bird from Sesame Street was my favorite character. And since for the first three years or so of my life, my mother made character birthday cakes, she found a Big Bird cake mold and set to work. Except she forgot one thing. Piping and decorating in the peeps-yellow frosting is tedious, time-consuming, and exhausting.

I don’t remember what the cake tasted like, but I know it was perfect. It was also the last character cake she would make because, as she explained to me in the kitchen our faces flush with wine, it was the feathers which did her in.

Do you have a memory so vivid from childhood you wanted to repeat it as an adult? Do you have any traditions carried over from one generation to the next? For example, my grandmother said when she was a child, they’d bake a dime into the birthday cake. Whoever got the piece with the coin would have good luck for the year.

Ways to say “Happy Birthday”.

  • Comment with a childhood birthday memory and/or share this post
  • Join our email list – we only send one email every other week and it’s easy to opt-out if you decide its not for you.
  • Volunteer time or donate to a cause – any cause of your choosing – if you want to join me, I support the Alive Inside Foundation, HeartGift, the American Heart Association, Cole Link Foundation, the Girl Scouts, the Malayka House, any library, used, or independent bookstore, and I’ll probably remember five more as soon as I hit publish.
  • Leave a review on Reflections; The Girl in the Mirror & The Letter. It was one of my first books and part of an MFA application. Read it and when the next book comes out, hopefully, you’re surprised at how much the writing has improved. Always honing, always writing.
  • Join me at Writer’s Digest 2019 April PAD Challenge for National Poetry Month
  • Become a beta reader or guest book reviewer
  • Join me in my own April Writing Challenge – every day I’m sending 2-3 queries, pitches, or stories for potential publication. The more you write…
  • These are my ideas, I’m always open to suggestions.

Age is a number. Mine’s unlisted. – Anonymous    

Or from Mark Twain – Age is an issue of mind over matter.
If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

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