Birthday’s When I was a Kid

That’s my birthday cake. Yum. I turned 41 today! My good friend Becky made me a Jeff Gordon cake. She knows I’m a big NASCAR fan. Becky gave it to me Sunday, but I haven’t let anyone eat it yet. It’s too cool to cut into. Thanks Becky, you’re too good to me.

Last month I had a lot of fun posting about “Christmas when I was a kid.” Since today is birthday time, I thought I’d mention something about birthdays when I was a kid.

As I mentioned previously, I grew up in a large, blended family of 9. Since Mom stayed home to take care of our “Brady Bunch,” Dad’s job was the only source of income. We didn’t have a lot of our own things growing up. Instead, we mostly shared everything we had. The seven kids shared one bathroom. It didn’t bother me too much. I didn’t need a lot of time to get ready anyway.

Birthdays were pretty special. I loved that my birthday always fell a couple of weeks after Christmas. Then I could always ask for the things I didn’t get at Christmas, or the new things the neighbor kids had.

Growing up, there were no big parties with lots of school friends, but there was always lots of family. Our birthday party usually consisted of a couple of gifts from mom and dad (one being clothes… yuk), a homemade cake, and then the birthday boy or girl got to choose what was for supper. Picking what was for supper was a really big deal back then. Steak, eating out, and other expensive things were out of the question, but it didn’t matter because I’d always pick the same thing, “macaroni and tomato sauce!” Yes! How could you ever go wrong choosing a large pot of macaroni and tomatoes for your birthday supper? While my sisters didn’t share my taste of fine quisine, my little brother and I knew what the really “manly” foods were in life.

I’m not sure what the plan is for my 41st birthday today, but I hope it includes my boys. I’ve also asked my sweet wife, Lea, to include a little macaroni and tomatoes on the menu. Just for old times! So what special things did your family do for birthdays when you grew up?

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday Trey! Brandon Wishes You a Wonderfull Day! I enjoy your blog and I wanted to thank you for your encouraging words. Lord keep blessing my friend Trey as He continues to do Your Will! Amen!

  2. Stachia says:

    Happy Birthday to You!!! Happy Birthday to You!!! May God Bless and Keep You, Happy Birthday to You!!!!! This is the way my step-mom sings Happy Birthday and I like it better than the traditional way. Hope you have a GREAT DAY!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Happy birthday “old” man! Wish I were there to share your birthday cake with you…I wouldn’t smash it…I promise! Have a good day!
    Love ya! Sandi

  4. Trey Morgan says:

    Thanks guys… I appreciate the birthday wishes.

    Sandi … my misguided NASCAR friend. I know you’d want to smash my Gordon cake if you could. ha. Matt sent me an email and asked if I noticed that in the picture … “he hadn’t crossed the finish line yet.” Shame on you Matt :)

  5. Mommysmart says:

    Happy Birthday, Trey! What did you say, you are “31”? I no longer celebrate birthdays, only anniversaries of the 29th. I understand that men care less about that than us girls. Whatever the number, you still look 25. Have a great evening.

  6. Dane, Becky's husband says:

    Trey, this is your official belated happy birthday wish! If I’d have known that macaroni & tomatoes was your birthday meal, you would have had it Sunday night. That has always been one of my favorites too.

    Birthdays growing up at my house were pretty much like yours. I never had a big blowout birthday party or anything. Just a couple small gifts a cake & my choice of the meal. Trust me, hamburger helper was NEVER chosen. (i still have trouble eating that stuff)

    I hope you enjoyed yesterday. Sorry, I couldn’t get the fish to wake up…Dane

  7. Trey Morgan says:

    “Hamburger Helper” Yuuuuk.

    Thanks Dane-o

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