The birthday first came after we'd finished dessert. Never before has Michael been hugged by a lion, even if it was a human in costume, after he blew out his birthday candles. A little girl turning nine was also being fêted and Michael was invited to join the ranks of children posing with the pink-ribboned king of the jungle. He's a good sport and the last photo here is now in a Ritz-Carlton leather frame — a gift brought to the apartment by housekeeping, along with another cake.
Michael discovers the candles are the reigniting kind.
The nine-year-old's cake.
Postscript: last night (Saturday) as we were watching "Infernal Affairs II," there was a knock on the door. A charming young man handed over yet another leather frame, with a professional photo of MJPW + lion.