Happy Birthday Dear Grandma

Birthday cupcakes.An enjoyable celebration.

For us it just happens that Grandma’s birthday is actually very close to Grandma’s birthday . . . and vice versa . . . so to say the least it has been a wonderful time celebrating recently, and honoring them both on their special days.

The front yard was done in no time!For Grandma Brown’s birthday we spent a day at her house to help with the house and property. Much time was spent clearing the clearing (yes, clearing the clearing–that is what you have to do when what was once a clearing in a forest again needs clearly cleared of tall grass, fallen branches and the like so as to be restored to its original “clearness” clear through—if that’s clear), then burning the kindling . . . or vice versa . . . and also helping to organize the house (not to mention that Grandma housed us organizers). We certainly worked for our food and ate for our work on that trip! It was a singular team effort!—and, when it was all over, we had actually just begun.

Before . . .. . . and . . .. . . after.

But now I must begin to finish. Grandma Brannon’s birthday was a kind of tranquil chaos wherein we escaped from our lightsome duties to enjoy the weighty acknowledgements of age and virtue, ice cream and cake—that is, no puffy, poofy “shortcake” but West Virginia Apple Black Walnut Cake. (After all, even in the celebration of longevity and wisdom, it would be much better to try and invent a real cake called a long name than a fanciful name called a “longcake”).

Imagine apples and cinnamon and walnuts--with cream cheese icing. "Scrumdillyicious!"Mom had made a wonderful supper . . .. . . and we had a lot of balloons, on the wall and off the wall!

To bring a humorous post to bear on a better-than-humorous truth: a reliable seeming-self-contradiction that grandmothers know well, and for which we thank them for their example: truly it is more blessed to give than receive! Thank you Grandma Brown!!! Thank you Grandma Brannon!!! It was our joy to repay your kindnesses in a few small ways!


  1. Michael September 24, 2010 at 7:09 pm #

    That was fun to read! 🙂
    When I finished I had just begun,
    because I read it again – just for fun!

    Now I’m done
    – unless you write… another one.

  2. Esther September 24, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

    Wow! You guys are really in party mode! Makes me homesick!!! Have some extra fun for me!

  3. Esther September 24, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    By the way, the cake is absolutely gorgeous! Who was the artist?

  4. Daniel Staddon September 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Terribly hilarious!
    Simply complicated!
    Agreeably contradictory!
    And assuredly ludicrous. 🙂

    (James and I just finished a “real,” “long” conversation deciphering the “fanciful” paragraph about the “short” cake. 🙂 )

  5. Donald September 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    We have been listening to A Tale of Two Cities and that was definitely one thing that helped inspire the post! Yes Michael I do hope to follow-up on the progress at Grandma Brown’s house once we have more pictures and Esther I’m proud to be the one who decorated Mom’s delicious cake. That, as did the post later, came easily as I thought of Grandma Brannon that day.

  6. David Staddon September 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    Now Donald, remember to eschew obfuscation. 🙂 🙂

  7. Donald September 27, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    Now David, I am glad you have told me the meaning of that 🙂

  8. Crystal September 28, 2010 at 6:57 am #

    It is very clear that y’all were a huge blessing to both of your grandma’s!

  9. Matthew H September 28, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    I think you are becoming a little self contradictory while still being self congruent… if that is possible 🙂

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