I just spent my entire lunch hour at Giant Eagle agonizing over which birthday cake to buy for David to take to daycare for his class to share on Thursday.
On an ordinary day, the decision would be simple. $10 cake or $28 cake? Obviously, the $10 cake!
Today, the decision was much more difficult.
What does the guilty mother that will be working on her child’s second birthday buy for his birthday celebration that he will have with his friends while his guilty mother is working?
Does she buy the expensive, professionally decorated Elmo cake that he will be thrilled to have and forget an hour later?
Or does she buy the inexpensive, simple white cake with sprinkles and write his name on it with decorating gel?
Or does she buy the mid-range, elegantly decorated cookie-cake with icing balloons on it to impress him?
Or does she agonize over this decision for an hour, then call Daddy at work for his advice?
She calls Daddy and he tells her to buy the $10 cake and write his name on it. He calmly reminds her that his friends will be wearing more cake than they will be eating, so it doesn’t make sense to spend $28 on a cake that will only be used to frustrate many mothers that are responsible for washing the laundry for the children wearing this cake.
Mommy relents and buys the cheap cake.
She’ll make up for it by going to Babies R Us tomorrow during lunch and buying the Birthday Boy shirt for him to wear.