This is a special memory from my own childhood.
I remember how excited my sister and I were. We had come up with an idea that we were sure would make our mother happy, which was something we strived for. We were planning to make her an Un-Anniversary cake to commemorate the day she and our Dad got married! We were 10 and 11 and we didn’t realize it was something most people wouldn’t celebrate. She had been so excited to be divorced that we thought it deserved a party.
We made the cake while she was at work and no, we didn’t have a babysitter. We may have been two of the original latch key kids. Actually, we didn’t have keys. As bizarre as this will sound we had a ladder propped up on the side porch roof. We would climb up there and on to the roof of the house and through our bedroom window! Who needed keys?
She was thrilled with our cake.
Playing on the roof was something we often did. The porch roof was very flat so it made a wonderful place to play. I remember vividly the time we took two of the next-door neighbor girls up there to play with us. I think we were having a tea party when we saw their Mother come charging up the sidewalk which ended at our driveway. Our mom wasn’t home when it happened but it wasn’t as if she didn’t know that we played up there all the time. She had never told us we couldn’t and she had never warned us to be careful. I could tell the other Mom was very angry with us. For some reason she didn’t seem to think the roof was a safe playground.
Many years later, I got a birthday cake for my mother-in-law. Since we were going to celebrate her birthday two weeks late I got inspired and asked them to write “Merry Un-Birthday to You!” on the cake.
She was NOT thrilled with our cake!