A Milestone Birthday Blizzard

Grace 1st bday

For Grace, turning 10 on the 10th

I didn’t think you’d mind
That the sugar bowl was low.

I headed out with cake pans
and scooped batter from the snow.

We frosted it with flurries,
Sprinkled birdseed decorations,

Then found a twig-ish candle
To complete the celebration.

Happy Birthday Gracie!
You sang along with cheer.

Birthday blizzard celebrations
Then and now, year after year.


About Cathy Ballou Mealey

Children's book author, repped by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Agency. Wife, mother, daughter, sister, alumna, autism advocate, book reviewer. Reach me via email at cmealey@post.harvard.edu or Twitter @catballoumealey
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45 Responses to A Milestone Birthday Blizzard

  1. What a fun, imaginative poem, Cathy! And happy happy birthday to Grace! 🙂

  2. Snow is a great birthday present. The only thing better is your poetry.

  3. Very creative and fun poem, Cathy! There is a story there. 🙂

  4. A wonderful poem for a blizzardy birthday, Cathy! Happy, happy Birthday to Grace, 10 is awesome!

  5. danacarey1 says:

    Happy Birthday to Grace! Fun, clever poem, Cathy. 🙂

  6. Katya says:

    Snow is a glorious birthday present — I love your clever poem.

  7. Love it! This concept would make a fun PB too!

  8. Very clever, Cathy! Gracie looks like she is having a very happy day!

  9. Happy birthday to Grace. Great poem.

  10. izatrapani1 says:

    Happy Birthday to Grace! Adorable poem and a snow cake- what could be better? Did you fare well in the storm?

  11. jama says:

    Snow cake poem! Love it. Happy Birthday, Grace :)!!

  12. Happy double-digits birthday Grace! 😀

  13. Sue Wang says:

    Happy Birthday to Grace. A sweet and artistic soul. And to her mama, you know, for delivering the angel. 🙂

  14. Cathy, I had to smile at this, most especially because my daughter turned 4 today! Happy birthday to Grace. I hope she had a nice birthday in all this snow.

  15. tinamcho says:

    Sounds like a fun, creative cake for a birthday!!

  16. Laura S. says:

    Wonderful poem! Birthday blizzards are the best!

  17. Catherine Johnson says:

    Wonderful poem, Cathy!!!

  18. Joanna says:

    Aw, how did I miss this adorable poem and photo?

  19. Linda Baie says:

    Wonderfully clever of you to find ways to make a cake anyway, Cathy, complete with trimmings. Happy birthday to your daughter-special birthday for sure!

  20. Mary Lee says:

    What a fun story told in poetry form!

  21. Super cute poem and picture, and Happy Birthday to her!

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