Monday, March 06, 2006

My Day

Today is my birthday. I'm 42 years old today. I'm ok with that..... really I am. I feel like I'm 20. When I remember being a teenager and my parents were in their late 30's... my God, they seemed so old to me. And their friends were old too! I shudder to think that is how teenage kids look at me. ugh.

I'm not doing anything special today. I rearranged my livingroom for the 400th time because I needed to have an area to put my sewing machine. What am I sewing, you ask? I have no idea but I wanted a machine so I bought one. I have these grand ideas of wanting to quilt or make Barbie clothes. WTF is up with that? Why do I have the urge to sew clothes small enough to drive me insane.

My mother, bless her heart, is making my favorite cake of all..... Whoopie Pie cake. Take a look at that chocolately goodness! It is going to taste just like a giant homemade whoopie pie. I can't wait to have a big slice of that! And if I have to, I'll share it.

Every year on my birthday for as long as I can remember, my dad always told me the same story. He relates how tiny I was when he brought me home from the hospital after I was born. There was a huge blizzard that day and the driveway wasn't shoveled out. He had to wade through over knee-deep snow to get to the house and I was so tiny he put me in his shirt pocket to keep me warm. I know he's full of shit now but when I was a little girl, this story made me feel all cozy and warm and loved. When I hear it now, I get a little melancholy....missing the innocence that enables a child to believe anything. My mother remembers that day differently. Yes, there was a blizzard and they did have to wade through snow. I was not a tiny baby.... I was her biggest kid... 8lbs 10oz. My dad did carry me into the house and left her behind to wade in the snow and carry her suitcase.

16 comments:

sherry said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...cake!

Happy birthday, Sheri!

Sue said...

Yummy! I wish I was there to share! And I wish I had a birth story! And I wish I were 42! But I don't wish to make Barbie clothes! Love you!

Sandi said...

Happy birthday!! I don't think I even knew when your birthday was. I have a great story of my birth also, but I will save it for another day.

Enjoy that cake, be sure to share, but make sure you get the biggest piece. :)

Sharpie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYYY!!!!
God I SO want a piece of that cake - or maybe the recipe!! Have 2 for me.

I don't admit it to everyone (so don't go passing it around as I may lose my "Cool" quota - as if I HAD one) - but I will tell you that there are dark nights when I sew American Girl clothes from clothes my daughter has outgrown - cool jean skirts and pillows for her dolls and a kick ass nightgown made of Barbie material.... without patterns - that are hack jobs but she loved them. I even made a scrunchie to go in the dolls hair to match.

See I quit smoking... I now do stuff my mother used to and my friend that is scariest of all!!

Timestep said...

Happy Birthday Sheri! I love your dad's story, but was ROTFL at your mom's - which sounds much more real.

Enjoy your cake.

Kirsten

. said...

Hope it was the most wonderful and grandioso birthday EVAH!

Melody said...

I hope that you enjoyed your day and that yummy looking cake. Dad made me 'frying pan pizza' for my special dinner...do you remember that? we only have it once every couple of years becasue it's so damned BAD for you and mom used to make Chocolate Fudge Cake. MEMORIES. My parents always seemed sooooo very old to me, I wonder if they felt it or if they felt YOUNG like I do...HMMMMM? Luvs to you Sheri....

lime said...

Happy BIrthday!!! i LOVE that story about being put into your dad's shirt pocket. that is too cute for words. hope the cake was yummy!

tims mom said...

Happy Birthday to a fellow 1964-er!! You have about 6 months on me, but hey, we're only as old as we feel, right?

Nancy...palp

Mark Leslie said...

Happy Birthday. I love that cute little story your dad told you that made you feel all cozy and warm.

Ali said...

Happy Birthday Sheri!!! I LOVE that story from your dad - putting you in his shirt pocket. Cute!! Made me tear up!

Hugs

ccw said...

Happy Birthday!

Marie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY--a day late.

I had no idea that our birthdays were so close! Go Pisces! LOL

I know what you mean about putting myself in the kids' shoes. I remember being 8 years old and thinking my mom was old, and yet, here I am with an 8 year old of my own now. Sigh...

That cake looks awesome, and I'm sure it tasted that way, too! Send any leftovers up here, would ya? I didn't have cake for my birthday.

Hope ya had a great day!

Heather said...

Happy, happy birthday girl! Can I have a piece of cake? ;-)

Chicka said...

Happy Birthday, albeit belated.

::wondering when little nekkid men are popping out of said cake::

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Sheri, from a fellow March 6-er. Best day of the year for a birthday. I hope had a good one.

Elise
http://ladygrey.typepad.com/fish_out_of_water