By Ree Hines for TODAY
At just 2 years old, little Marty didn't have a whole lot of experience with the whole blowing-out-the-candle business when his parents presented him with a birthday cupcake.
And it really showed.
After mom and dad sang a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday," Marty leaned forward and ...* plththth*.
It was a good, albeit ineffective, effort. But Marty didn't give up. In fact, he went after that flame so intently, he had to be held back a bit so as not to burn himself.
But no matter how hard he tried ... *plththth*.
After several admirable efforts, Marty's dad dashed off and came back with a great idea — and a straw!
He popped one end in Marty's mouth and aimed the other at that stubborn candle, and next thing you know, that flame was history.
"Oh, wow!" Marty exclaimed.
It was a great team effort for father and son. And when Marty was presented with a full birthday cake later in the day, it required another team effort.
Watch the video to see how dad's quick thinking came through for the birthday boy again.