Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - Reckon -

(courage, in­tegrity, com­pas­sion be­ing only a few) and I have writ­ten him let­ters on this plat­form, hop­ing that one day he will read them and know the depth of my love and de­vo­tion to him, and also maybe a snapshot into what it was like to par­ent him.

So I geared up for a Light­ning McQueen birth­day cake this week­end, and when I showed him a few pic­tures so he could choose he in­formed me that he did not want a car cake, but he wanted a “Rainbow cake, and mummy when you cut it all the Smarties come out!”

I looked at him aghast. I mean, I can cob­ble to­gether a car cake. You know, buy some cars, stick some licorice to the ic­ing for a rac­ing track. Sure thing! But a rainbow cake that has smarties pour­ing out of it?

How does he even know about this cake? I’ve seen these cakes around and was very sure to steer Os­car’s vi­sion away from them. I know my lim­i­ta­tions.

So last night I prac­tised (so much food colour­ing!) and I’m not sure about how great it tastes, but I can as­sure you it is very bright to look at. Psy­che­delic al­most. And yes, when you cut the cake, lol­lies pour out.

Luck­ily, I’m pretty sure he won’t care if some bits are more wob­bly then oth­ers, or if the ic­ing isn’t com­pletely smooth.

I know when he blows out his can­dles, he is go­ing too look up and give me the beamer. That heart-lurch­ing Os­car smile.

Happy birth­day Os­car! I love you more than words can say.

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