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Monday, August 11, 2008

Happy Birthday, Joan

For my 5th birthday (actually a week later), I got a little sister. I was allowed to name her and chose my two favorite babysitters--Joan and Elaine. After that year, our birthdays were always celebrated together with the grandparents, aunts & uncles showing up for cake and ice cream. My all-time favorite was the year Mom made us a Barbie Cake with one of my dolls stuck in the center of the cake that cascaded down over her as the skirt of her gown. But with all the candles for both of us, Barbie's hair quickly caught fire and caused quite a ruckus with the adults and lots of tears over a melted Barbie head. Needless to say, I couldn't find a picture of that shared birthday cake.

It's been a long time since Joan and I got to share our birthday cake. When we were kids, I kind of resented having to share, but now I'm looking forward to the next time we get to do it.

Happy Birthday, Joan. With love from your big sister.


  1. Happy Birthday to both of you. It sounds like you shared a lot more than birthday cakes and memories of burnt Barbie dolls. (I remember those cakes!). Hope your August is going well...I think of you often and hope Ralph's doing well.

  2. Happy late Birthday!