This year my birthday cake was served with a healthy dose of flood warnings. After living through several floods in Fargo/Moorhead, this was not uncharted territory. My junior year of college was the most memorable. Classes were cancelled the week before spring break because of an intense blizzard. Not news worthy in North Dakota. However, this was immediately followed by warm temperatures and an overflowing river. My spring break turned into a sandbagging marathon. Classes were then canceled for an additional week, as students banded together to help the effort.
Much like I remember, the river in Permet, seemed to rise out of nowhere. Soon, the main bridge into my city was in serious danger of flooding. As albanians like to do, residents of the city stood near the river, contemplating and discussing what will happen next.
Thankfully, as soon as the white rapids appeared in the raging river, they seemed to disappear. Peace Corps has volunteers in my area on a travel restriction, but our fingers are crossed the worst of it is over. Just in time for chocolate cupcakes, filled with chocolate caramel ganache and topped with chocolate buttercream frosting. If your mouth isn’t watering, then it should be. It was the absolute best dessert to ring in my last moments of being twenty five.
Who you celebrate with is far more important than the how or where. My grandma used to always say “Everyone deserves to feel special on their birthday.” As I was surrounded by some of my favorite people, that is exactly how I felt. The abundance of chocolate didn’t hurt either!