If it doesn’t rain, it pours, or so the saying goes.
Tech Boy made a gigantic carrot cake for his friend W’s last day at work. W. is off to have her third daughter, who appears to be coming two weeks early. W is a woman in need of cake, and so ten and a half cups of shredded carrots, three cups of pineapple… we made a great huge one for the office. Though we have massive pans, we have smaller cake carriers, so it never all fits. We have a tiny piece left for home, but we had a tiny piece we shared with the new neighbors – a multi-generational Filipino family who wave every time they see us and sometimes move our trash cans in from the curb. They happened to be having a birthday party – and were thrilled with a small cake… and a visiting aunt returned our little gift with… two plates of fried chicken, shrimp stir-fry, a massive pile of spaghetti and meatballs, two different kinds of cake and red velvet cupcakes.
I’m grateful today that sometimes what we put out into the world comes back bigger than we sent it. Like a voice thrown out across a chasm, sometimes a good thing comes back, magnified. And when it includes cupcakes, it’s especially good.