Today is Charles 18th birthday. How can that be? Wasn’t it just yesterday he was pedaling his little bike around and around inside the house all winter long? Wasn’t it just yesterday he was sleeping with his basketball. Wasn’t it just yesterday he was bugging his older siblings? Oh, that’s right, he still does that!

The tradition here is that the birthday person can request his birthday meal (within reason, of course). And if it’s Charles’s birthday meal, you can bet the main course will be steak. And lots of it. Steak and Chocolate Trifle seem to be the menu for tonight. The rest of us might have some salad or baked potatoes, but all Charles wanted was steak and dessert. Maybe he’s not so grown up after all!