Woo Hoo! – I’m Fifty Two!
Yep, today is my birthday. But it wasn’t always on the 21st. Huh?
Many of you probably heard this story before, but for the newer readers, I’ll share this story with you.
See, my birthday used to be on July 20th. Or so I was told. That is until I turned 15 and went to get my driver’s permit. I submitted my form and the lady behind the counter said that I wrote down the wrong birth date. I said “No, July 20th”. And she said “Look at your birth certificate – it says July 21st”. Mind you, this was the first time I ever saw my birth certificate. I looked at my mom and she said “I dunno. Hard to keep track of 4 boys you know”.
So, for 15 years I celebrated my birthday a day early.
But then again we weren’t big on birthday celebrations growing up. About the only thing was that the birthday-boy got was to choose what he wanted for dinner. My dinner of choice was pork chops. The fried kine with only salt and pepper. Mmm… Little bit of ketchup and some Tabasco sauce and I was good to go.
And of course, the birthday-boy got to choose what kind of birthday cake he wanted. I always picked the orange chiffon cake. The kine with the butter frosting with little bits of orange zest in the frosting and the cake. Come to think of it, I don’t see that kind of cake around nowadays. If I remember correctly, I think Bakery Kapiolani used to sell it. But sadly, Bakery Kapiolani is just an MLC memory.
Then when I got older (married), my choice of cake was the Rainbow cake from Dee Lite bakery.
It’s piled high with 3 kinds of chiffon cake: lime, guava, and passion fruit. And whipped cream between each layer. Then a guava sauce on top, more whipped cream, and sprinkles! Yes, sprinkles. It is the quintessential cake, IMHO. But somewhere along the line, the price bumped up to around $20 for the cake. A little bit out of our price range for cakes. Maybe after I land a job, we’ll celebrate with a Rainbow cake. 😀
How did you celebrate your special day growing up? Home cooked dinner of choice? Or maybe a favorite restaurant? And what was your choice of birthday cake? It it still your favorite cake or have you moved on to something else like I have?