Yesterday I celebrated my birthday by working at the Old Schoolhouse Museum in the morning. In the afternoon, I wrote, picked up my granddaughter, and met my daughter at the restaurant. My daughter bought the meal for the celebration.

It did set me to thinking about the different ways different people celebrate. I grew up on a farm and had but one birthday party while at home. That was when I was twelve.

Urban living changed my customs. Our children had their own "cake" and decorations for the cake while growing up. The neighborhood children would gather for a party, and of course, the cake and punch. When they were older we took one (per request)to the Cheese Factory and the other (per request) to a pizza parlor. Both had a friend with them. My parents were horrified at the expense.

Our celebrations seemed rather inexpensive compared to the parties that some people were throwing for their children. Most of our birthday celebration in Phoenix were family related. In Washington, it was still family, but there were no surrounding brothers or sisters with their families. The family there was just us and my mother-in-law who lived with us.

I'm sure people that live in a community with their family all around them still do the old fashion celebrations with the extended family. At least I hope that part of life has not been lost.
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message 1: by Alan (new)

Alan Place I never had much for parties, we moved hundreds of miles from our family when I was only five. That was the last I heard or saw of them until we heard about my grandfather's death eleven years later, then one of uncles died.
I had one party with a few friends but knew my parents begrudged doing it.


message 2: by Mari (new)

Mari My parents didn't begrudge it, Alan, it was just something that farm families didn't do. WWII was going on and sugar was rationed. Mama did have to buy that and she used some for canning, they both used it on oatmeal and/or fried mush. After WWII was over, Mama did bake me a cake for my seventh birthday because as she said, "You've never had one." I really preferred a fruit pie anyway.


message 3: by April (new)

April Morone Glad that you'd enjoyed your birthday, hon. Very. I was hoping that you would. Cool about working in the museum, then. That seems an honour to me to work in one.


message 4: by Mari (new)

Mari I really like the Old Schoolhouse Museum. If anyone is every in Twentynine Palms, be sure to drop by. If you go to my website, http://www.maricollier.com and go into Links, you can be right there. Thanks April.


message 5: by April (new)

April Morone Mari,
You're welcome, hon. :) Cool. K. I will go to your site to have a look. :) Ty.
April

Mari wrote: "I really like the Old Schoolhouse Museum. If anyone is every in Twentynine Palms, be sure to drop by. If you go to my website, http://www.maricollier.com and go into Links, you can be right there..."


message 6: by Shelly (new)

Shelly Arkon Mari:

We had birthday parties galore. my mom was good about that. She loved parties. We always had two. One with our friends and another one with our family.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly


message 7: by Mari (new)

Mari Shelly wrote: "Mari:

We had birthday parties galore. my mom was good about that. She loved parties. We always had two. One with our friends and another one with our family.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly"


I did for my children who are probably closer to your age. You should have seen me decorating the Black Forest Cake I made for the daughter's 16th birthday and party. Getting the chocolate shot (really small pieces of chocolate)on the sides of the cake was a real challenge.


message 8: by April (new)

April Morone Wow. I bet. Lol. The fine detail that goes into decorating a cake, I truly can appreciate. My own mother decorates cakes, as well as makes other deserts. My mother makes spiced pumpkin pie that I used to love. :-and I didn't like Pumpkin pie. That goes to show how good she was at making pumpkin pie and deserts, in general. And her Minced Meat pie. Yum. :) I can make apple pie and other cakes, and homemade ice cream. Bu nothing fancy like my mother can.

Mari wrote: "Shelly wrote: "Mari:

We had birthday parties galore. my mom was good about that. She loved parties. We always had two. One with our friends and another one with our family.

Hugs and chocolate,
Sh..."



message 9: by Mari (new)

Mari April wrote: "Wow. I bet. Lol. The fine detail that goes into decorating a cake, I truly can appreciate. My own mother decorates cakes, as well as makes other deserts. My mother makes spiced pumpkin pie tha..."
I really don't do cakes anymore unless I get a special request from my daughter or grandson. Pumpkin pie is one of my specialties. I came up with my own recipe. I also make a killer cream cheese huckleberry pie that you can substitute blueberries for the blue huckleberries. Homemade ice cream remains your domain. Thanks for reading & commenting.


message 10: by April (new)

April Morone Mari,
You do make pumpkin pies, too? Cool. :) I understand about not making cakes, anymore, unless you get special requests from your children. My mother and I also only make deserts on special requests from family (I just don't have the time to do so, anymore. In college, plus many, many other things I am currently working on, including building Google apps, Windows 8 app, building a programme, as well, plus writing my second and third books). Lol. You're welcome, hon. I always love reading your posts. :)

Mari wrote: "April wrote: "Wow. I bet. Lol. The fine detail that goes into decorating a cake, I truly can appreciate. My own mother decorates cakes, as well as makes other deserts. My mother makes spiced p..."


message 11: by Mari (new)

Mari April wrote: "Mari,
You do make pumpkin pies, too? Cool. :) I understand about not making cakes, anymore, unless you get special requests from your children. My mother and I also only make deserts on special..."


Oh, to have all that energy again that you have. Blessings and much success. So cool what you are doing. P.S. I worked for Nintendo for over twelve years.


message 12: by April (new)

April Morone Mari,
Lol, hon. :) Glad you like that I have a lot of mental energy to do all of this. If only my body could keep up. Lol. But, I am stubborne, so I am trying my best to do so. VERY COOL that you had workedfor Nintendo for over 12 years. I actually had fixed a broken Nintendo system back when I was a teenager (the first Nintendo system that had ever come out had broken. So, I'd fixed it so that another one didn't have to be bought, even though we had the money to buy another one. I was always fixing things. Lol. What all did you used to do of work for and at Nintendo? Interested to know. :) That is so cool that you used to work there.

Mari wrote: "April wrote: "Mari,
You do make pumpkin pies, too? Cool. :) I understand about not making cakes, anymore, unless you get special requests from your children. My mother and I also only make dese..."



message 13: by Mari (new)

Mari April wrote: "Mari,
Lol, hon. :) Glad you like that I have a lot of mental energy to do all of this. If only my body could keep up. Lol. But, I am stubborne, so I am trying my best to do so. VERY COOL..."

You sound like my daughter. She fixed a boom box/radio that had quit working. Nintendo paid me to read, write, talk, and play games. I was in Consumer Service. Oh, yes, they also gave me the systems and some of the games so I would know what I was talking and writing about. They didn't care how old I was as long as I could do the job. It was a great company to work for at that time. I understand the service line is entirely different now, but I've been gone to long to evaluate that.


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