Sunday, May 4, 2008

Let Them Eat Cake

This morning I was cleaning out my closet and I found a box of old pictures. I started digging through them and found this picture from my very first birthday...
Which just proves that, even at one year old, I had this whole birthday thing figured out

It's all about the cake, people!

Look how determined I am! I look like I'm about to leap out of that high chair. Thirty-eight years later I still have that single-minded pursuit of cake. I believe you'll see me with that same look on my face at work when Tammy brings in the cake for all the May birthdays. Just don't stand between me and the icing and nobody will get hurt.

What sticks out the most about this picture, besides the 1970 decorations, is the fact that my mom was only eighteen when this picture was taken. As a teenager, my mom went out of her way to make my first birthday special. She colored the stripes on that paper plate and arranged the straws and animal crackers to make my circus birthday cake. I think she told me once that she saw a picture of a similar cake in a magazine and knew she could copy it. Wow.

I've always said that Moms should be celebrated as much as the birthday kid because they're the ones who work so hard to get us here. If it was easy they wouldn't call it LABOR! So thanks, Mom, for being the kind of mom who would make a circus cake for a one-year-old. And the kind of grandma who will keep my kids overnight two weekends in a row. The kind of Grama who makes awesome Chicken Little and Roman soldier costumes.

The kind of Mom who tolerates a Princess like me.

I love you. Thanks for having me.

But since I'm turning 39 tomorrow, you're officially OLDER THAN DIRT.


Shelly Conn said...

Look at those cute cheeks and big eyes! What a cute baby. You are definitely going after that cake in this picture. It's cracking me up Teble!

Ryter said...

Hee....determined is the WORD! Happy Birthday!

MisbehavinAngel said...

Teble, happy happy birthday! I hope you are having a great day! Sending lots of hugs and love your way (feel it?).


Pat said...

Happy Birthday, you are a great kid; so I must have done a great job! Another thing i saw in this picture is how the table cloth, wall paper and high chair clashed. I have come along way in decorating! Love you, hope you have a wonderful birthday. We still need to break in the margarita machine.

april said...

That's a great cake! That's also quite a grip on the high chair. Such determination!

Happy birthday! I wonder if I can find a photo of my first birthday. My mom did cake decorating when I was little, but I'm not sure when she did my first birthday cake.

Your mom can't be older than dirt because that's how old my mom is and I think my mom is older than your mom. We like to tell her she's prehistoric. She LOVES it. Well, she might under all the scowling at us.