I celebrate my half birthday in June.
Long story short: I was born the day after Christmas, my Mom wanted to make life easier for all of us, we’ve always celebrated it in June and it doesn’t even matter now because I’m old and we don’t celebrate old peoples birthdays…let alone their half birthdays.
At least that’s what I tell myself now considering my half birthday this year was spent taking my kids to the roller rink and then to Dairy Queen by myself, because my husband had a previous engagement and completely forgot about my half birthday.
It doesn’t matter. I can’t expect him to remember my half birthday when I forget the anniversary of our marriage every year.
But this isn’t about that.
This is about strawberries and how every summer for my birthday my Mom would be all, “Kathy would you like me to make a special cake just for you for your birthday?” and I would be all, “Oh mmhmm!!” and she would be all “How about….Strawberry Shortcake!” and I would be all, “OH! MMHMM!!” because I was imagining something like this:
But what I ended up with looked a whole lot more like this:
It’s not that I didn’t LIKE regular strawberry shortcake, it’s just that if I couldn’t have THE Strawberry Shortcake than I’d really just have opted for chocolate.
After a few birthdays went by I realized I my Mom was never actually going to make me a real Strawberry Shortcake and by that point she was so convinced her strawberry shortcake was my VERY favorite that I didn’t have the heart to ask for anything different.
I recently told my Mom the Strawberry Shortcake truth. She was shocked, “You mean after all these years?? Strawberry shortcake is NOT your favorite??” She struggled to wrap her mind around this epiphany. And then she laughed and she laughed and she laughed.
I’m so glad my anguish could cause her such joy. At least I was able to take my expertise on strawberry shortcake after years of eating it and build the best 4th of July trifle ever.
But I will never stop holding out hope that one of these years I will find a REAL Strawberry Shortcake cake waiting for me on the morn of my half birthday…if anyone decides to remember it.
Happy 4th of July!!
If you have time today, take a look at my most recent episode of Crafty Mom Challenge. I attempted patriotic nail art and I’ll let you decide whether or not you’d call it a Pinterest win or a Pinterest fail.
Now it’s your turn!
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1.) Share a 4th of July inspired post.
2.) 10 things you learned in June. (inspired by Chatting At The Sky)
3.) Write a post inspired by the word: strawberries.
4.) Create a How-To post.
5.) Talk about something you were allowed to do as a child that you will not allow your child to do.