A big family brought all types of possibilities and one of my own favourites was going home for my birthday one year as an adult (and this was just an ordinary, run of the mill birthday) and finding one of my sisters, plus a sister-in-law, had both come with birthday cakes for me. So there were the cakes in front of me, and we had the first HAPPY BIRTHDAY song, after which I had my first wish as I cut the first cake, and then we began the second round of song, wish and cutting of the second cake. It was such fun and I enjoyed that day more than many of the much larger birthdays I'd had. The children present were wide-eyed, that Auntie could have TWO cakes and begged to have two at their next birthdays also!
Marie: And yet another story!
It seems to be a trait of the elderly to tell stories and often repeat the same stories. As our family has a major Reunion in February 2015 I will tell a family story each day and NOT repeat it for 100 days. I will use christian names from our earlier generations as pseudonyms.