Dean took a photo and I was so proud - IT LOOKS SO GOOD!!!
A few hours later, we dug into the cake.
Not that good.
......dry......tough......pass the water......
How could I have messed this up so badly? I followed instructions. It looked easy, even.
My kind and wise mother-in-law (who bravely ate this cake) told me that I should freeze it and taste it again another day...sometimes cakes need to sit and age and, with time, they soften and moisten and improve.
I reluctantly had a piece this afternoon. Yup. It's better. The flavors have blended. It's moister. I think it has avoided a trip to the garbage can.
Sorta makes me think about parenting.
|All of a sudden, you're pregnant and you read all of the|
"What To Do When You're Expecting" books
and parenting seems so EASY!!!
It doesn't take long to realize that, as a parent, you suck. ;) I mean, let's be honest - parenting doesn't always bring out the best in us. We realize that children now, and forevermore, come first and we come second or third or fifth and they don't always do what we want them to do and they embarrass us and disappoint us and sometimes we can roll with it and sometimes it's cause for a giant sized mother-fit and ......
....it ain't always pretty.
But, like this silly cake that I made, becoming a good parent takes time. You learn to mellow out a bit and relax and lighten up and, like the cake, after some time, you find that this whole parent/kid relationship improves with age. Your kid improves. YOU improve. Your kid and you together improve. And it's sweet.
The worst part of birthday parties for him when he was little?
He hated the song.
It never failed, singing "Happy birthday" was cause for him to cover his ears. Every. Year.
Or hide under the table.
|He loves his brother and puts up with his quirky sense of humor.|
"Ben, sign the card, and write his name on the envelope."
|And he reads every verse and every written word on each and every card.|
(apologies for the blurry pic)
|He thinks that hanging out with family is a perfectly acceptable way to celebrate his 15th birthday.|
|And he's even willing to smile while doing so!|
|He passionately pursues his dreams.|
......marches to the beat of his own drum.
On the occasion of his 15th, I do think that all things have ......
.....and most certainly.....
improved with age.
Especially - him!