In the late 70's when our older son celebrated his birthday in school, I stayed up the night before baking for the class. I suppose I could have run to the only bakery in town and bought two dozen cupcakes or cookies or a sheet cake. They certainly weren't available in the grocery store. But I didn't return to the work force till our older son turned ten and enjoyed exchanging recipes with the neighbors.
Yesterday one of our granddaughters celebrated her birthday. In her school there were no cakes, cupcakes, or cookies for the celebration.
There were too many allergies: dairy, citrus, nuts, eggs, soy, cocoa, lactose, gluten. We didn't even know such things existed in the '70's! We discovered our sons' allergies when one was bitten by a bee and both sneezed uncontrollably on newly-mowed ball fields.
Yesterday our granddaughter dressed in her favorite shirt with a big star on the front. She had kept five pigtails in all night so her straight hair would curl. She wore a new Peace necklace and a new starfish bracelet, both gifts. She couldn't sit still during breakfast.
"How will you celebrate in school today?" I said.
"I get to sit in the teacher's chair at her desk," she said. "And spin."
"Will it make you sick?"
"No, I'll do seven slow spins."
"Because that's how old I am today, silly grandma! And I get to lead the class in a game."
"The clapping game, and then they all sing to me."
"Sounds like fun! Will you eat anything?"
"No. I don't like sweets anyway. It's more fun to spin."
At least her mother didn't have to stay up baking. And there wouldn't be any kids bouncing off the wall from a sugar high.
- Delray Beach, FL, Westport, MA, United States
- Undergraduate degree, Colby College; MA in teaching, Columbia Teacher's College; former high school English teacher in three states; former owner of interior design co. with advanced degree from R.I. School of Design. Published first book in 2009 titled, MINOR LEAGUE MOM: A MOTHER'S JOURNEY THROUGH THE RED SOX FARM TEAMS. Her humorous manuscript titled ELDERLY PARENTS WITH ALL THEIR MARBLES: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE KIDS was published in June, 2014. In 2015 A SURVIVAL GUIDE won a gold medal in the self-help category at the Florida Authors & Publishers Association conference. See website By CLICKING HERE.