Thursday, March 01, 2007

Happy birthday, little troll

Yesterday was My Grandma the Troll’s 73rd birthday.

She called me before I had a chance to call her. I feel a little guilty about that.

When she called, strangely enough, she called to invite me to her house for dinner. There’s nothin’ like cooking your own birthday dinner for your husband and your three granddaughters!

Meg called me at work to tell me that she would make Grandma a birthday treat. She was considering three options:
1. Caramel corn
2. Pecan pie
3. Chocolate cake.

I informed darling Meg that caramel corn is a snack, not a birthday dessert. And pecan pie is her favorite dessert, not Grandma’s. And that chocolate cake is absolutely appropriate for a birthday, so go with that.

I went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house after work. Meg and our cousin Anna were already there, sitting at the table, working through a problem that Anna was having with a knitting project. Grandma was buzzing around the kitchen, doing her domestic diva thing, refusing to let anyone help.

Before I had a chance to sit down, I saw it: the dangerously leaning, exceptionally goofy looking cake that my grandma had made for herself. Now, my grandma never fails at making a cake. But this (while I’m sure it would’ve tasted spectacularly) was not her best effort. She’d put the frosting on before it had a chance to cool. The frosting dripped off of the plate and onto the table beneath it. The stop layer was slowly sliding off of the bottom. It was a hot mess.

And a sure sign that you are not supposed to make your own cake.

The Powers That Be must allow you to make your own birthday dinner, because that went off without a hitch.

We tried to do the dishes, but Grandma yelled.

It’s her birthday, she can slave away if she wants to.

Grandma said that yesterday was the most fun birthday she’s ever had. I doubt that’s actually true, but we did have a good time.

I absolutely adore my family.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to your grandma. Old people do have a tendency to have their own way in everything. My grandma does too. She will clean the dishes, cook and do everything when she does not have to. But she says its good exercise and keeps her busy too. Well, thats true. But you know, most of the time she gets her way because she is just such an adorably cute person and i love her.
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Amy said...

Oh, I'm in charge of my own birthday. Being a single mom, I guess that's just what ya do. Although, we rarely have cake and most often I choose to take the Little Man out for dinner (so I don't have to cook) but in a pinch, I just do it myself. You are certain to get whatever you want that way!!

Happy Birthday to your Grandma!

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