My mom’s birthday was in August—blueberry season. Her family spent the summers on the upstate farm, growing the food they would preserve and transport back to Brooklyn. Instead of a birthday cake with frosting and layers, her mother bake a blueberry pie (side note, my grandmother’s blueberry pies were heaven). Mom reported she did not mind not getting a cake, but her brother, Steve, whose birthday was a few weeks later, wanted a cake with frosting and layers, like the ones his older brother got in March.
For me, growing up in a big extended family meant birthdays were celebrated in bulk. Cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandmas came over for Sunday dinner and sang Happy Birthday to several people, several times. The favorite birthday cake? Carvel ice cream cake.
My theme for the 2022 A2Z Challenge is titled Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands. Each day in April I will present a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling.
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