The thing is, those jokes are only funny when you are still young. So they were really funny this year, at least to those of us who were making them about Alisa. Not so much to Alisa, who does not appreciate how young and beautiful and full of potential she still is.
The really funny moment came when Alisa opened her mouth, and something that I say ALL THE TIME, came out of it. It has begun! She is slowly but surely turning into HER mother, just as I am turning into mine. You can't help it. It is inevitable. If you are lucky, you have a mother who starts out as, and remains throughout your life, the voice inside your head. Does that mean I can stop nagging her now?
the voice inside
At any rate, we had a lovely dinner and a lovely cake that was a new recipe that I had never tried before and will never try again. It was nasty. I do believe I owe her a better birthday cake.