The Day my Dad Taught me How a Real Man lights Birthday Candles…

The day my Dad taught me how a lights Birthday Candles...

I am unlucky in that I was born in the dead of winter. Growing up it meant that most of my birthday parties were indoors as it was too cold outside.

However, now I’m a grown-up I can have any type of party I please. And I’m lucky in that when I decide I want to have my birthday party at the beach, I have a good group of friends who are happy to rug up and head out to the water to celebrate with me. One friend was even so committed that she made a Piña Colada-flavoured cake in the shape of a sand castle! 

So there we were out at ‘Bum’s Bay’ on the Gold Coast, in the middle of July. Everyone was in their warm winter clothes and I was cooking my famous chicken wings  on my mini-Weber. Man, I love that thing.

The time came to light the candles on the birthday cake, but try as we might we couldn’t get them to light in the cold winter breeze. We tried shielding the lighter with our hands. We tried shielding the lighter with plates. We even tried to form a wall of people to block the wind so the lighter stood half a chance. Nothing would work.

My Dad was there with us on that day, having stopped in for a few weeks on one of his Grey Nomad journeys. He said: ‘I think I’ve got something in the Cruiser that will help us out’. And he disappeared over the sand dunes. I continued cooking my wings, plated them up, served them, blew out the candles, and we enjoyed the cake. It wasn’t until a few weeks later when I was downloading the photos from my wife’s phone that I found the photo below…Yes, that’s a hand-held blow torch… And that folks, is how a real man lights birthday candles!

What ‘real man’ tips do you have up your sleeve? Let me know in the comments below.


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