Really, my favorite dessert is anything with whipped cream and ice cream, but in order to choose something, I opted for a strawberry sundae. We’ll actually be having pie later, which is definitely one of my favorites as well, but also made particularly amazing when paired with both whipped cream and ice cream. The double decadence of two kinds of cream transforms it from a simple dessert to a thrilling event! And likely a nutritional nightmare, but dessert simply isn’t the same unless it’s a bit naughty. Perhaps that’s why I like it so much. The little kid in me takes over, does a happy dance, and smirks at the adult who has the gall to question the number of calories present. If dessert doesn’t come with a twinge of guilt, then it just isn’t as satisfying. Right now, the whole house smells of apple pie and I’m not allowed to have any yet. I have a feeling my inner child is also going to scarf down his dinner as quickly as possible tonight, to quickly move on to the main event.
It’s always the things in life that you don’t get all the time that become the most precious. As a kid, it was birthday cake. Sure, it was likely that I’d have cake more than once a year, but it wasn’t my cake. For some reason, having a cake baked especially in your honor just made it taste better. Well that, and it was usually decorated with whatever thing I was into that year. A few years ago, I happened to be in Texas visiting my family around the time of my birthday. This was rare event, as I’m normally only there just before Christmas. During the celebration, I was presented with a Winnie The Pooh cake, just like when I was little. Presumably, as a funny way to make to me feel like a kid again, or more likely because my mother just wasn’t sure what I was into that year. Either way, it was delicious, and tasted better because, barring the fact it was a ridiculous choice for someone in their 40’s, it was still my cake. So it was perfect.
I don’t really have large celebrations on my birthdays these days. Once you hit a certain age, you start celebrating milestones instead. And though getting older doesn’t really bother me, I have so many things I’m hoping to accomplish that I’d prefer it if time has the decency to move a bit more slowly in order for me to tackle them all. Of course, if I could simply ever choose one thing and focus on finishing it, that would be a brilliant start. But that little boy who loved cake is still active within me and he gets bored and distracted very easily. A new shiny idea is just too intoxicating to pass up! I often think about how great it will be when I retire one day and have more time to do things. But, I can’t wait that long to do them, or the list would be ridiculous by that point in time. So, I’ll have to start trying to focus more and get some of those dreams going. If nothing else, I think successfully completing any new idea should always warrant a little celebration. Giving me a perfect excuse to enjoy my favorite dessert.
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