Well, a person can’t just let his or her father turn 92 with no recognition whatsoever, so we honored his wishes and just did the minimum. Only people who lived within 20 miles of the nursing home and were coincidentally in the neighborhood anyway stopped by—purely by chance and accident. Nobody made him a cake—but Pete’s County Market happened to have Oreo cakes on special, and we were curious what an Oreo cake tasted like.
And most importantly, nobody went out and bought 92 candles to light. Instead, one of us just dug in the back of her cupboard and resurrected the oft-used birthday number candles. It’s a shame to waste them by using them only once.
Candles Appear for the First Time on December 23, 2004
Candles Appear for the Second Time on November 8, 2008
Candles Appear for the Third Time on April 25, 2009
So, our dad’s 92nd birthday got noticed—but not celebrated, just like he wanted. He would have been pleased to know that the candles were being recycled.
P.S. J-9, what are you doing on May 24, 2010? I’d suggest you come home and celebrate your birthday. We’ve already got the candles for your cake.