46: Grandma T's Birthday 2003
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What could have possessed my Mother to purchase this cake from her
local bakery? Yes, the family was gathering for a birthday party, but it was not for
"Mom's" birthday. I mean, we just
celebrated her birthday last month! Must it always be about her!? Did Mom
not realize that today we were celebrating the 91st birthday of my Grandmother
... the anniversary of the birth of her very own Mo ... Oh, wait ... Nevermind; I
get it now. Sorry, Mom.
Grandma and Grandpa have no such difficulty understanding what's written on the cake.
Meanwhile, Dad suggests that we skip lunch and get right to it. Cake, Dad
argues, contains at least two of the basic nutritional food groups: "sugar" and
Meanwhile, Uncle Earl stares quizzically at Mom as she inexplicably
uses a metal detector to search for valuable gold coins that might be buried under my
Upon closer inspection, we realize that it isn't a metal detector at all, but rather the
vacuum cleaner that Aunt Marguerite and I purchased as a birthday gift for Grandma.
A foolproof present for sure, because even a reaction of "It sucks!" would be a
compliment. Also pictured here are Uncle Earl and Grandpa in their enthusiastic
reaction to that "it sucks/vacuum cleaner" joke that I just told.
The usual "thumbs up" photo, this time featuring Aunt Liv as
The Fonz and your truly as a poor man's version of Fonzie's nephew Chachi.
Having mastered thumb action, here I am trying my hand at using the more challenging
pointer-finger appendage. Judging by Marguerite's reaction, I should stick to what I
know best. Later in the day, Marguerite, Mom and Dad would apply thumb screws to me
to teach me a lesson, then go about their business with a game of cards.
To further help convert me back to the "Order of the Thumb,"
Mom coaxes her own famous preaxial digit out of retirement for another jeffthomas.com
photo gallery appearance. You can spot her alongside Grandma in the upper left-hand
corner of this picture.
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