I just took a cake out of the oven. It smells like heaven (Assuming heaven is a bakery…. Which isn’t a bad assumption…) It’s a bit of an experiment, this cake – A plain vanilla cake mix, adulterated with mango and coconut water. I have plans for a coconut icing on the top. My mouth is watering at the scent of it. It smells like celebration. Like party. Like happy. And it begs the question, “What’s the occasion?”
I have a number of answers i can give to that question.
I’ve been on my back most of the week with a wonky neck. Today i managed to spend most of the day on my feet without a painkiller. That is worth celebrating.
I have young family members and important friends who have graduated this week. That is worth celebrating.
My son did great on his (Freshman year of high school) report card, and my oldest, the florist, pulled off the flowers for a wedding on a very limited budget – And still made them look rich and gorgeous. Those are both things worth celebrating.
It is Pride Month. Everyone who is gay (or just “not straight”) is celebrating the gradual obliteration of closets.
It is Ramadan. My Muslim friends are celebrating their holiest of months.
I went to the store today with no makeup on. (That is HUGE for me – and worth at least a small “You go, Girl!”)
In spite of steroids, i only consumed one “normal” portion of ice cream today.
In spite of 5 days of steroids, and many obscene portions of ice cream, i have not ballooned.
It’s Robert Fulghum’s birthday.
My oldest is coming over to have dinner with me tonight.
On this day in 1919, congress passed the 19th amendment.
Betty White is still alive and kickin’.
I would like to say that i managed to make a bundt cake that came out of the pan totally in tact. That would truly be a monumental feat and worthy of celebration. But it has never happened. For anyone. Ever.
Regardless of the evil of bundt, give me some time and i could come up with lots of other things worth celebrating. But the truth is, sometimes the cake itself is the occasion. Sometimes you just have to celebrate living . The sounds of birds in the morning. The smell of roses after a rain. The perfect cup of coffee. The joy of baby goats. Or puppies. Or kittens. The feeling of accomplishment when every towel in the house is clean and folded and in its proper place. It’s just life. Nothing special. And yet, special enough.
Special enough for cake.
Come, friends… Celebrate with me.