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Cake Fake

As dinner came to a close, Carolyn asked if she could have yogurt for dessert.

“Sure, sweetie,” I said.  “What flavor do you want?”


“Okay, sure.  Go ahead and get a cup from the refrigerator.”

“Banana cake!”  She started giggling.

“Wait, I thought you wanted banana yogurt.  We don’t have any cake.”

“I know,” she said as she walked into the kitchen, “but I want some banana cake.”  Judging from her tone, this was the most painfully obvious fact in the world.

“Um, okay.”

She came back to the table, yogurt cup in hand, and started wrenching back the foil top.  With the way clear, she picked up her London cabbie spoon—a gift we brought back from one of our rare trips away from her—and splunked it in.

“This is banana cake,” she said gleefully.

“Wow, you got banana cake?  Cool.  It’s pretty handy that it comes in a yogurt cup like that!”

She leaned toward me and said, conspiratorially, “I’m just pretending it’s banana cake, but it’s really banana yogurt.”

“Ah, got it.”

“Banana cake!” she chortled once more.

I looked across the table at Kat and said, grimly:  “The cake is a lie.”

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    • #1
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    • Thu 13 Mar 2008
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    Jason Friesen wrote in to say...

    I hope she never grows out of it. My kids still love to pretend, and the eldest is taller than his mother now…

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    • Thu 13 Mar 2008
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    Jonathan Rascher wrote in to say...

    Best. Kid. Story. Ever.

    Best. Portal. Reference. Ever.

    Seriously, it’s not often that a blog post makes me literally laugh out loud, but this one did. Kudos Eric!

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    • Thu 13 Mar 2008
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    Johnny Lange wrote in to say...

    Ha ha, that’s cute!

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    • Thu 13 Mar 2008
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    Ed Knittel wrote in to say...

    I’m having fake cake too! Only mine was a lousy sandwich. :(

    Pretending (and *really* getting into it) is what makes childhood the best years. I hope she (and you and your wife) get to enjoy it for as long as possible.

    • #5
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    • Fri 14 Mar 2008
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    Ian Muir wrote in to say...

    I love having moments like this with my son, but no Portal references yet. Thank you for sharing.

    • #6
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    • Fri 14 Mar 2008
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    Adam Harvey wrote in to say...

    Heh. My first is due to arrive in June. I can’t wait until he starts saying stuff like that. Portal is the only video game to ever make me extremely carsick.

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    • Fri 14 Mar 2008
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    Misha wrote in to say...

    Thank you and your daughter for a smile in the morning )
    It’s banana cake time )

    • #8
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    • Fri 14 Mar 2008
    • 0724
    J.D. Myers wrote in to say...

    Awesome story. You have to love kids that age. And great Portal tie in.

    • #9
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    • Fri 14 Mar 2008
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    Paul D. Waite wrote in to say...

    Aw! I might get me a banana cake this afternoon.

    • #10
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    • Fri 14 Mar 2008
    • 0829
    Matt Wilcox wrote in to say...

    hehe! So cute, made me smile :)

    • #11
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    • Fri 14 Mar 2008
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    John Bedard wrote in to say...

    HA! Wasn’t expecting the Portal reference at the end. Nice little twist.

    “You will be baked, and then there will be cake.”

    • #12
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    • Fri 14 Mar 2008
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    Gini wrote in to say...

    That Portal reference just never gets old!

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    • Fri 14 Mar 2008
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    Robert wrote in to say...

    Somehow, I just knew this story was going to end with a portal reference. :)

    Loved it. Reminds me of some of my son’s recent antics.

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    • Fri 14 Mar 2008
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    Bradyn wrote in to say...


    +1 man.

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    • Sat 15 Mar 2008
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    thacker wrote in to say...

    […] said, grimly: “The cake is a lie.”

    No, sir, it sure isn’t. State of mind. The beauty of kids and the things which adults can re-discover and re-learn through them.

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    • Tue 18 Mar 2008
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    Karl Roos wrote in to say...

    Haha :)

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    • Tue 18 Mar 2008
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    Chris wrote in to say...

    I had to clickthrough to see the comments…

    I wanted to be sure I wasn’t the ONLY person sad enough to get the Portal reference!!

    Genius! :wink:

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    • Wed 19 Mar 2008
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    Danny Ward wrote in to say...

    Lying Cake! Reminds me of Laughing Gravy

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