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How Many Candles on the Cake?

Mama, there aren’t enough candles on the cake! My Little One was worried.  She knew from all the talk that Grandma was having a “BIG” birthday – and yet there were only 7 candles on the cake.  Even though I was rushing around, trying to get everything ready, I could see my 5 year old was trying to make sense of it all.

Let’s call it a candle for every decade,” I threw out there, knowing as soon as the words were out there it was going to be problematic.

But that’s not right,” My son immediately spoke up.  “A decade means 10 years and she is turning 90.  You don’t have enough candles!

I had moved on to getting the dessert plates out, and revisiting the candle situation was not what I had in mind.  “Guys, it doesn’t matter!”  Seeing their unconvinced faces out of the corner of my eye, I went on, “Look, these are all the candles I have.  It’s fine – really!  She doesn’t NEED more candles.

I obviously didn’t know my audience; is there such a thing as having TOO MANY candles when you’re a child?

But you said a candle for every decade and you’re short 2 candles.”  My son is a stickler for details like this. I should have known better.

90 is a big number.  Grandma has lived a long time.  I’m sure there are 2 decades out of all of them that she’d just as soon forget!

There – just like that this Zen Mama Wannabe had wiped out 20 years.  Problem diverted.  On to singing Happy Birthday.

But the next day, I happened to see my grocery list sitting out on the counter.  The first 2 items were ones I had written down, but the next entry was written in someone else’s handwriting — someone who apparently wanted to make sure things were straightened out by the time HIS birthday (#9) rolled around:

  • Orange Juice
  • Eggs
  • BIRTHDAY CANDLES – 9 or more

Think I’ll buy a few boxes of candles actually – doesn’t hurt to have some extras on hand, and I’ve learned my lesson; no more shaving off years in this household.

(Note to self:  need to get a little more creative with my math in the future!  Either that or have a fire extinguisher on hand)!

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