An Elementary Perspective: Ha Birthday

Candles on a birthday cake should always match your age.

My daughter Julia came to live with me two years ago for school. It isn't easy for me to raise someone who is practically my nine-year-old clone, but that is exactly what I find I am doing with Julia. Through our judo and soccer practices, reading, writing and arithmetic, Girl Scouts, and Japanese language classes, we occasionally have a conversation that connects us both in a sometimes deep and usually humorous way. Hopefully, you will be as entertained as we are.


Ha Birthday

Daddy and Julia are at the grocery store shopping.  Julia’s birthday is in a week and she finds a cute set of thirteen candles that spell “HAPPY BIRTHDAY.”

Julia:  Daddy, may I get these for my birthday cake?    

Daddy:  Sure.  (pause)  However, there are thirteen candles and you’ll only be ten.  What do you plan to spell:  “Ha Birthday” or “Happy Birth?”

Julia:  What do you mean? 

Daddy:  You are only allowed to use ten candles.  What do you plan to spell:  “Ha Birthday” or “Happy Birth?”  You aren’t old enough to spell “Happy Birthday.”

Julia:  Are you joking?  

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