This year, Annabelle and Charlie were determined to give Bumble the biggest, best birthday party in history. They planned to invite everyone they knew, play the best games, give the most presents, and eat the biggest cake.
Well, I can take care of the presents and the games, Annabelle told Charlie, but I dont know much about cakes.
Oh, I can bake a cake, no problem! Charlie said. Just let me into your peoples kitchen when they go off to work and Ill take care of the rest.
Bumble the Bee woke up that morning to find a card stuffed into the entrance of his beehive. The card read:
Happy Birthday, Bumble! You are invited to the Greatest Party Ever in your honor today at the Clubhouse. Three oclock sharp!
For the rest of the day Bumble buzzed back and forth outside his hive. Anyone who saw him would have thought that he was nervous or worried about something, but Bumble was just beside himself with excitement.
Annabelle spent the whole morning picking out the perfect presents for Bumble. Then she set about making the games and inviting everyone she saw. Charlie, meanwhile, was making a mighty big mess in the kitchen, but he somehow managed to finish the cake just in time for the party. And what a party it was!
There were two flocks of geese, three swarms of bees and a dozen dogs, plus a cat and all the farm animals. They played hide-and-seek, tag, and pin the tail on the person. They played piñata with a Dandelion (the perfect size for a bee), and then Bumble tore into the giant pile of presents.
My favorite! Bumble exclaimed as he unwrapped a bouquet of sweet Bee Balm flowers.
The next present was a pine cone, followed by a stick, a bone, several different rocks, an old boot, a rusty can, a bottle, a button, a nail, and a rubber band, just to name a few.
Then came the best part: the cake. It wasnt the prettiest cake ever just a big, yellow blob. I couldnt find any frosting, Charlie explained. And the recipe called for eggs yuk!
Thats okay, Bumble said, as long as its big.
And big it was! Charlie had to bring it out in a wheelbarrow. Bumble made a wish and blew out the candle. Then he sliced it and passed it around. But things quieted down considerably once everyone tried to eat the cake. Charlie the Goose took a bite, spit it out and then waddled away, blushing, his head low to the ground.
Whats wrong, Charlie? Bumble asked, forcing himself to swallow a bite. Its a great cake.
I ruined your birthday, Charlie said mournfully. I used salt instead of sugar,
Really? I didnt even notice.
Yeah, sure, Charlie said. Youre just saying that.
Well, it didnt take long before everyone including Charlie started laughing about the whole thing, and to make up for Charlies mistake they did the next best thing to eating cake: they had big bowls of Ice Cream!
Mike L. Ford is the author of historical novels for kids of all ages. A North Garden native, he now lives in beautiful Greene County with his wife Holly, heir new baby, and their two dogs.