This week is Marc’s birthday! I get a little jazzed every year and try to show him how happy I am that he was born. Some people make a big deal out of birthdays and my Mom always has. Growing up, she’d purchase a personalized Pizza Hut pizza and bring it to school during lunch time on my birthday. It no longer sounds like a special treat, but it sure was when I was a kid. The entire elementary school cafeteria was jealous of my pizza, even Lisa, the girl that had every Care Bear ever made. Mom also liked to make unique birthday snacks for my class. One year, she made rainbow finger jello and wrapped each individual portion herself. I was a hero that year.
Marc’s family used to get together for big family parties including his many cousins when he was a kid. These days, his Mom warmly wishes us a happy birthday on the day and she’ll have us over for a nice Sunday dinner, but Marc could not care less about his birthday. To him, it’s just another day. I always try to get him a surprise gift and then ask him what he’d like to do that day to celebrate. He’ll usually come up with something practical, like having dinner at a restaurant close by. When we had just started dating, his only request for his 21st birthday was to eat a triple cheeseburger from Wendy’s for the first time. I’m serious about that one.
Maybe I should just let him be his humble self and treat it like any other day, but I like spoiling him. I am the mushy wife that wishes him a happy birthday as soon as he opens his eyes in the morning. I spend a few days deciding whether to give him his gift before work or to wait until after because the gift usually involves assembly and a manual. He loves assembly and manuals. We take a weekend near his birthday to visit my parents for the weekend where my Mom gives him a bear hug and a kiss on the cheek. We just can’t help ourselves.
I sadly had never made him homemade pudding, even though he is a big pudding fan. Instead of waiting for his birthday, I started the festivities early and finally made these cute little puddings. The pudding is thick and rich, but made even better with vanilla whipped cream. Use the best cocoa powder you can find for serious chocolate flavor. It comes together in a snap, which is always nice. It’s my sneaky way of spoiling him under the radar.