You’re telling me!

A couple of weeks ago, the small person you know as Anklebiter #2 (my son) turned seven. His shirt says it all: he is an energy bomb full of mischievous tricks, determination and – dare I say it? – a large dose of stubbornness.

What’s that, mum? He reminds you of someone? Surely… you don’t mean… ME?


He’s a self-assured little fellow, who doesn’t mind what others think of him. Many a time I’ve gone to playgrounds and shopping centres with him dressed in red flowery dresses when he was smaller. Those days are gone (and remembered fondly) – but he still goes his own way.

In spite of my patchy cooking skills, he wanted me to bake him a chocolate cake. It was an interesting experiment as I left it in the oven for a bit too long, and it was – how shall I put it? – very crunchy around the edges but lovely and soft in the middle.

Anklebiter #1 made some icing to hide the burnt bits and we stuck strawberries and sweets on the top. The cake disappeared quickly – in spite of the fact that we could also have played frisbee with it!

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52 responses

  1. He does seem an absolute poppet. And perhaps he wouldn’t mind being called that either.
    I don’t know how it tasted, but the cake ‘looks’ lovely

    April 27, 2010 at 05:51

  2. Happy Belated BD to your little man! sounds like it was fun. I like cakes with squishy chocolate middles ;>)

    April 27, 2010 at 05:54

  3. Oh, yes! I have four and they are all still their own people — they’re grown now, but I do remember when they were young ones! What an adventure, particularly for me as I had them late in life and that in spite of the fact that I was a teacher for a number of years. What a fun post, Ladyfi! Thanks for the memories!!

    Sylvia

    April 27, 2010 at 05:54

  4. I’m sure it was delicious.

    April 27, 2010 at 05:57

  5. haha happy belated!

    April 27, 2010 at 06:39

  6. Happy Birthday to Frank Sinatra Jr. who is doing it “his way!” Glad you all had a homemade cake – actually, crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy in the middle sound PERFECT to me – just the way I like it.

    And I miss the old days, too. TWM used to dress up like just about ANYthing but one of my favs was the Mrs. Nesbitt get up!

    April 27, 2010 at 06:43

  7. people who go their own way always seem to be the most inspiring. Good for your son!

    April 27, 2010 at 06:55

  8. Kids are full of energy. Happy Birth day to Anklebiter.

    April 27, 2010 at 07:06

  9. Anklebiter, happy 7th birthday. Your mum didn’t trick you with a candle that won’t blow out?

    April 27, 2010 at 07:16

  10. I have a feeling your culinary skills are MUCH BETTER than you pretend! :o)
    Glad he had a great day!

    April 27, 2010 at 07:19

  11. Great shots with a bit of mystery.

    April 27, 2010 at 07:35

  12. lilalia

    A friend of mine once complimented one of my baking creations with, “good ingredients”. Which was really all that could of been said of that disaster. Your story shows that it just takes extra icing and sweets to get a group of 7 year olds to eat a cake made of cardboard. What do you think is more difficult, a child who has some of your good and bad traits, or a child that has those of your husband?

    April 27, 2010 at 08:09

  13. Happy Birthday, Anklebiter. Anklebiter? That is unusual.

    April 27, 2010 at 09:16

  14. Maggie May

    That was a great idea for the cake. Didn’t like the suggestion of the frisbee! Better to eat it!

    My seven year old granddaughter also knows what she wants & often gets her own way. Its a lovely age though and I hope Ankle Biter had a really good Birthday. (Fascinated by the name!)

    Nuts in May

    April 27, 2010 at 09:46

  15. Yum! And I like how the number 7 matches his shirt!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:01

  16. You need to lower your son or raise your ankles.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:48

  17. Kids! They really do add meaning and memories to our lives huh? – Dave

    April 27, 2010 at 12:00

  18. Happy belated to your son. “Anklebiter” is a great nickname: haha.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:55

  19. Well your cake looks good to me! And I´m sure the kids loved it. :)
    You can be proud of your “anklebiter”. He sounds like he knows what he wants.

    April 27, 2010 at 13:36

  20. LadyFi: They are so much fun at that age. My grandson has a mind of his own.

    April 27, 2010 at 14:17

  21. My daughter’s pretty impervious to external opinion as well.

    April 27, 2010 at 15:03

  22. Di

    What a great age! I’d go back to being 7 any old day so I could dress as I pleased, eat crunchy birthday cake with fruit on top and celebrate wildly.

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

    April 27, 2010 at 15:24

  23. what a cool looking cake! an energy bomb…that is a great description…of my boys as well. lol.

    April 27, 2010 at 16:00

  24. Love the purple chair in the background of that first picture!

    Glad that he has a shirt to warn everyone. =)

    April 27, 2010 at 16:22

  25. Sounds like you all had a great time – and, seconding some of the other comments – crunchy on the top and soft in the middle sounds like the perfect cake!

    April 27, 2010 at 16:54

  26. I think it’s a blessing to have a child who feels so good about himself!

    April 27, 2010 at 17:22

  27. I wish I was 7 again.

    April 27, 2010 at 17:33

  28. that cake looks yum!
    happy b-day to your boy! here’s to 7!
    : )

    April 27, 2010 at 18:07

  29. Well done on the cake and a belated Happy Birthday to your lovely son. As for the dress-wearing, did they have to be red? Was it the colour he loved or just the swishiness of a dress?

    April 27, 2010 at 18:32

    • It was the swishiness of the dress!

      April 27, 2010 at 18:43

  30. Belated Bon Anniversaire!

    April 27, 2010 at 19:01

  31. Belated Happy birthday to your son, my daughter will also turn seven in July. …cant wait.

    April 27, 2010 at 19:21

  32. Po

    Happy birthday anklebiter 2!

    April 27, 2010 at 20:46

  33. Cecilia

    What a lovely post! He is indeed a wonderful little boy :).

    April 27, 2010 at 20:56

  34. sounds like a great kid :)

    April 27, 2010 at 23:12

  35. It looks yummy and gummy. Those are gummy bears alongside the raspberries.. right?

    April 27, 2010 at 23:16

  36. It was made with a mama’s love which makes it super sweet!

    April 28, 2010 at 00:04

  37. Clive

    Happy Birthday to Anklebiter #2!!

    Great cake photo!

    April 28, 2010 at 00:23

  38. Ah, yes – 7!!!! I love this age child – my favorite when I used to teach was second to fourth. They are still so imaginative and unselfconscious. May he always know his mind and beat his drum to the rhythm he hears. Happy birthday to him (actually the cake LOOKS yummy!).

    April 28, 2010 at 00:39

  39. Self assurance goes a long way in life…

    April 28, 2010 at 02:03

  40. Happy Birthday to your son. Hahaha, it is the same with my sons. They are two years apart but I used to dress them in shirts of the same colour and pattern and people thought they are twins. As they grow up, they hated it…lol.

    April 28, 2010 at 03:45

  41. Your baby is seven..they grow up so fast! Happy Birthday to your Anklebiter!! I love his shirt, I would have prefered to see his handsome face too! Sometimes your camera skills are like your baking..but I would say you lucked out with the cake..it looks yummy!! :)

    April 28, 2010 at 06:19

  42. There is no such thing as a “bad” chocolate cake :-) YOurs look beautiful.

    Happy Birthday to Son #2!!!!

    Cheers,
    jj

    April 28, 2010 at 06:29

  43. Swishy dresses rock!

    April 28, 2010 at 18:14

  44. love love the candies and fruit toppers.

    happy birthday to your son,, and to you.

    April 28, 2010 at 18:41

  45. Happy Belated Birthday to you little man! I hope he always has the self-confidence to do things his way. We should all have that attitude.

    April 28, 2010 at 21:21

  46. I hope he had a wonderful b-day!

    April 28, 2010 at 21:29

  47. Perfect cakes are boring. Cakes you can talk about for decades to come are much more to be desired. Plus chocolate!

    April 29, 2010 at 03:28

  48. Love the shirt! I suspect every child that age should have one … as a warning to all those around in him! Happy Birthday, Anklebiter #2!

    April 29, 2010 at 03:42

  49. Go, child. Be 7. Live beautifully!

    April 29, 2010 at 03:47

  50. A very happy but belated birthday wish to your very cute son. And that cake looks just delicious and very fancy! Crunchy on the outside would appeal to me, I have to admit.

    April 29, 2010 at 19:14

  51. Pam

    Loving that shirt! Hope it was a birthday.

    May 1, 2010 at 15:55

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