lighting up

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While planning the birthday dinner for my mother and my daughter, my mother casually said, “I’ll bring the cake.  I have a special cake topper I bought a while ago and didn’t get to use, and I thought it would be fun.”

Me:  Okay.

Mom:   It turns around and plays Happy Birthday.

Me:  Okay.

Mom:  I can’t remember where I bought it.  Maybe Hallmark.

Me:  Okay.

Mom:  I’m not really sure how it works.

Me:  Okay.

My first clue that this was not going to be a demure little reusable spinning cake topper was the warning:  Do not use near anything that can catch on fire.

Fair enough.

Second clue:  Light the center with the enclosed long wooden stick.  Use horizontally or you will burn yourself.

Good advice.

Check out the flame on this little sucker.

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As the center flames burns, it lights the outer petals’ candles.  Then the magic happens:  the flower begins to turn and music plays “Happy Birthday”.

It was very exciting, in a bungee-jumping-thrill-seeking way.  Nancy wanted to get the fire extinguisher, just in case.   Banjo Man bravely made sure all the little candles were lit.  Son-in-law Mike wanted to know how it worked.  Mom wouldn’t tell anyone what she paid for it.  And I desperately–and unsuccessfully–tried to figure out how to use the video recording feature on my new camera.

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3 Responses to lighting up

  1. Pat Coughlin says:

    I love that! And such a pretty cake. Belated Birthday wishes to Nancy and your Mom.

  2. Connie says:

    Wow! Very cool! I want one! Happy Birthday to your Mom and Nancy!

  3. Sharon says:

    That is wonderful! What a fun way to light up a cake.
    Happy Birthday to your Mom and Nancy.

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