My young man will celebrate his 11th birthday soon.
He told us he doesn't need a cake for his birthday. And yes, we didn't get him one last year too.
The last birthday cake we bought for him. For his 9th birthday. In 2011.
He enjoyed this for his 10th birthday instead.
Nothing wrong or sad about not having a birthday cake to celebrate a birthday. We do not need to conform to what perception others have on how we do things.
What matters is that we have each other to celebrate this special day.
A week more and my young man will be 11. :)