Sunday, April 19, 2009

Stuffed Animals Have Feelings, Too



“Mommy!” said James.
“Whaaat?” I replied, his angry face snapping me out of my “need-some-coffee” daze.
“Eppa is mad,” he said. “He said, ‘grrr, grrr’ to me today.”
“Why is Eppa angry?” I replied. Eppa is James’ beloved mint-green stuffed elephant. He’s very plump and cuddly, and usually does’t give off an angry vibe.
“You promised him a cake for his birthday, and you haven’t made one yet,” said James.
Oh, yeah. James, whom is suffering from birthday withdrawal, has decided that it is imperative that all his stuffed animals celebrate their birthdays. First on the list is Eppa, whom, according to James, is turning 6 years old sometime this week. I promised to make Eppa a cake last week, but never got around to it.
But now that I know how badly I’ve hurt Eppa’s feelings, making a cake is No. 1 priority in my life. I sit down with James to consult my The Complete Step-by-Step Cooking Class Cookbook to find the perfect cake for Eppa. But then we stumbled on the cookies section, where James saw picture of gingerbread cookies. “That’s what Eppa wants!” he said.
I inwardly cheer—making cookies is easier than a two-layer cake with frosting. James and I get to work—I measure out the ingredients, and he takes the measuring cups and dumps them into the bowl. We get the dough mixed up and then I roll it out and punch out mini-gingerbread men with the cookie cutter.
After we bake the cookies, we put some on a plate and sit Eppa in front of them. We sing Chicka the Chicken’s version of the “Happy Birthday” song and chow down on some cookies.
Next Saturday, according to James, is Panda Bear's and Polar Bear’s birthdays. I hope they are as easy to please as Eppa.

11 comments:

janny226 said...

Awww, wish Eppa a "Happy Birthday" from me too.

Our stuffed animals have feelings also. But please I hope DuckyBoy doesn't see this and get the birthday idea, we've got like 100 animals... I can't bake that much or I'll weight 700 lbs...

hokgardner said...

Too cute. My oldest daughter once insisted we celebrate her imaginary friend Hermione's birthday. I can't believe it, but I really did make cupcakes for Hermione. Ella told her teacher about it, and she told all the other teachers. I think I was the laughingstock of the teachers' lounge for a week.

rainbowmummy said...

You need to make ice lollies for the polar bear!! You are a wonderful mother for doing this, I get fed up with all the birthdays round here, and that just involves a pretend cake, lol!!

angie said...

My children think their webkinz pets need parties too. I might consider it, but they each have about 20, so I've held firm on the No cake for stuffed animals rule. :)

bernthis said...

my daughter has about 30 stuffed animals. if she ever gets wind of this idea I'm a dead woman

Cookie said...

That is so cute! You are a wonderful mom for making the birthday so important.

Quirky Mom said...

I think you're awesome for even considering making a cake. Poor Apple's unicorn and its little wooden birthday eggs. LOL.

LceeL said...

Damn good thing that stuffed elephants don't eat as much as their flesh and blood cousins. Otherwise, you'd NEVER get any of those cookies.

Mama Zen said...

You absolutely get a Mom Award for this one!

Lisa (Jonny's Mommy) said...

That is so cute! Smart kid, huh? Cookies would be much easier.

Happy Birthday, Eppa!

Jannie Funster said...

Do you really need to mention cake, cookies and gingerbread men when I'm craking for somethign sweet and there's nothing in the house?!

:)