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5 years and counting…..WOW

Well, it is almost here.  Our 5 year anniversary.  My husband and I were married August 21, 2004.  One of the most beautiful memories that I have.  I know that we are not even into August yet, however, I have a feeling that by August 21, I may not be able to move.  So we were talking about celebrating early so that I could enjoy it.  After reminiscing a little bit about that wonderful day, I left the room and got to thinking.  Thinking that is, about the NOT so wonderful memories that came along with the wedding.  Now I don’t mean that anything went wrong during the wedding, I mean what happened a year later.

A tradition that I grew up with knowing about wedding cakes, is that you save the top and freeze it.  You do this, so that on your 1st year anniversary you take the cake out of the freezer, thaw it, and celebrate your love with eachother once again.  Thinking back to the first year you have had together, talking about the wedding and so on.  You do this while sharing your delicious cake that neither of you probably even tasted  at the actual wedding because you were too busy talking to every Tom, Dick, and Harry!  

So anyway, we got married on Long Island, N.Y.  My husband grew up there, and he has a huge family.  It made more sense and was a lot more fun than getting married in a small farm town in Minnesota where I am from.  Because of the distance however, living in Las Vegas would make it a little bit of a challange to get my cake here.  My Mother in law assured me that it would not be an issue, and that she would get it to me no matter what!!!!

Well, a year later comes around.  My Mother in law kept up her end of the deal, and got it to me.  Boy, did she ever…..  I remember specifically calling her and reminding her weeks in advance.  I was so excited about that cake.  The way it looked, and smelled, and to think I was so close to finally tasting it.  I could hardly contain myself when she called and said that she had mailed it.  Now, I never even asked her how she mailed it because I just assummed that she would put it on ice and over night it.  Do you all agree that any sensible person, I don’t care who you are, would know that YOU SEND A CAKE OVERNIGHT!!!!!

You all must know where this is going right???  She did not send it overnight.  In fact, she sent it UPS ground.  Not red, not blue, not orange.  But GROUND!!!  Now, not only did she send it ground, but she sent it to my husbands warehouse over the weekend.  Realize this, it is August in Las Vegas.  This means 100 plus degrees in a non airconditioned warehouse.  You do the math…. 

Monday morning….the day of the unknown box.  My husband goes into work, by this time we know that the box is there after talking to his Mom.  However, he has no idea what he is about to discover.  Let’s just say that he didn’t even bring it home.  What I would have given to be a fly on the wall that morning to see his face.  When he opened the box, he literally thought that something had died in there.  The smell was bad enough, but the sight was just as bad.  Mush, just pure mush.  He said that he had never seen or smelled something so awful!   This coming from a man that lost his sense of smell years a go. 

Let’s just say that it was a very, very sad day.  There still isn’t an anniversary that goes by that I don’t think about that once beautiful cake.  At least I still have pictures, right?…..  don’t worry, I still love you Mom.