In our family, we tend to blow out the candles on a birthday cake several times. One time just is not enough. This is especially true with a high volume of small people around. It typically happens like this. We slowly sing “Happy Birthday” as the cake is entering with candles lit. The birthday person then slowly blows about the candles at the end of the song. And before the song is quite over, Dad is yelling, “DO IT AGAIN!” And so we do it again at a faster pace. Kids take turns helping with the candles. Spit goes flying.
So, when we celebrated Mom’s birthday earlier this month with our extended, “chosen” family, we sang and blew out candles perhaps a record number of times. Note: the birthday song got faster and less significant with every candle-blowing experience.
Ann was very excited to follow her brother. “My turn!”
And then, what we never expected: Ashley wanted in on the fun. This would be her inaugural candle blowing experience. Before this day, similar experiences have been aborted early in the process and have ended in tears.
The adults decided that the lemon meringue pie without the candles was the better choice to actually consume–less saliva.