It took almost 10 minutes to get the chocolate cake and frosting out of my hair...
But it was worth every second.
Today was my daughter's 10th birthday...yes, a Christmas baby! My two daughters and I celebrated with gifts and a round of "Happy Birthday"...and a cake.
A homemade gooey chocolate cake with lots of chocolate frosting and pink writing and roses (none too perfect, but it was adorned with love.)
After she blew out the candles, we all agreed that we wanted to wait for later to eat the cake...we'd had a big dinner, and none of the three of us were hungry. The birthday girl went to put the cake into the fridge, and wham!
She slipped, the cake went flying and landed face down on the floor. She was sitting amid the mess, cake splattered on her clothes.
My older daughter and I ran to see if she was okay...no injuries, but the cake was a goner. I looked at her tearful face...looked at the smashed cake at her feet, and grabbed a big piece.
"There's only one thing to do," I said. She tells me now she expected me to say "Let's clean it up." or "Make another."
But I am NOT an ordinary mom. Nope. I took that double handful of warm cake and sticky frosting -- and smeared it on her face! And on her hair. It only took a second for her to recover...
The tears stopped. And I was rewarded with a big scoop of chocolate cake on my face! Then we got her sister!
Cake went everywhere...on faces, in hair, on arms and necks! I had frosting up my nose!
And we laughed! We laughed harder than I could ever remember, squealing as handfuls of cake and icing came at us, grabbing handfuls to "retaliate."
Once the cake had been reduced to nothing but goo, I sent the girls to shower..with plastic grocery bags on their feet to get them from kitchen to bathrooms without getting anything on the white carpet. I stayed behind and mopped up the mess, wiped down the cabinets and cleaned off the wall.
Then I spent 10 minutes in the shower washing cake out of my hair...still laughing!
My daughter never got to eat her birthday cake...but before she went to bed, she told me it was the best birthday ever!
Cake 0, Memories, priceless.