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“Come on! Wake up!” Sparkle Orangie Luku Breakit (Solbit for short) said from inside Nona’s purse. “Get me out of here. It’s Sunday. Remember what that is?”
Papa said, “Yes, Solbit, we know it’s our granddaughter Ainsley’s birthday. She’ll be seven years old today.”
“Yes, and I want to celebrate. Take me to that nice coffee house where you saw the fancy things. What did you call them?” “Cake,” Nona answered. “Right, I want cake!” Solbit said. “Just because she’s thousands of miles away doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy birthday cake with her on her birthday.! Right?” Nona agreed, “Right.” Solbit again, “Nona, remember to bring your camera. You can take photos of me with the cake and send it to Ainsley, so she knows we remembered her on her special day.”
Nona and Papa got dressed. They got out their umbrellas. Kyoto had rain. Nona popped Solbit back into her purse. “Solbit, you’ll stay dry in there, and, when we get to the coffee shop, we’ll take you out. OK?” Nona asked. “OK,” Solbit replied nestling into her dry purse pocket. Nona zipped it closed, giving Papa that look again that says, “You nearly lost Solbit, because you forgot to zip your pocket.”
We walked to Inoda’s Coffee House <http://www.inoda-coffee.co.jp>, and we knew we had found it when we saw the antique, big, red coffee grinding machine from Philadelphia in front of the shop. It’s on a quaint little street in Kyoto near other interesting Japanese shops.
Nona and Solbit looked at all the cakes at Inoda’s Coffee House. They agreed on the Black Forest Cake topped with cherries. Papa doesn’t do well with sugary things, so he let them choose by themselves.
Papa watched as they tucked into that delicious birthday cake. He said, “Let’s all send Ainsley a birthday greeting.”
Happy Birthday, Ainsley!
Nona, Papa, and Solbit
- You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
- You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”