Sweet Lessons In Life To Learn From And Live by..
One of the big shifts in consciousness for me personally was when I read something that simply said Always Assume The Best About Everything…… Wow it was so simple that it seemed unreal it would actually work. I started the application immediately and yes it did work!!!!!
It made me recall an incident when I was young, and how I doubted myself and assumed that I couldn’t come away with a win. But I received a gift, a lesson that taught me a lot. Sweet Lessons In Life To Learn From And Live By..
I was in the 4th grade and one Friday evening my girlfriend Susan told me she was entering a cake baking contest that would be held at the school fair the following day. I was wanting to also be in this contest but had no knowledge about baking or what I would need to pull this off so last minute. My parents had plans so I found myself alone in the kitchen scrummaging around to come up with an entry for “said” contest.
Yup, I just wanted to be in it…. didn’t care what the cake looked like or tasted like.
I called Susan, from my red phone on my floral wallpapered kitchen wall, who reported her Mom Picked up a box of cake mix and some colorful sprinkles. Wow, that’s cool, I thought how lucky to have sprinkles. All I was coming up with was some bisquick flour, some pink food dye, and a ripe banana.
I followed some basic cake instructions from a spiraled cookbook and improvised the pink dye into the mix, I think I borrowed an egg from a neighbor, Yes I can remember getting up the nerve to go ask for the egg. I had no icing so I covered the top of the cake with sliced bananas.
I put toothpicks in the cake and draped plastic wrap over them……and I went to bed pleased with myself that I came up with something to be a part of this bake off.
The next morning, Susan’s Mom scooped me up on the way to the school and I sat there in the backseat of their station wagon staring at her beautiful cake in a real cake holder with a see-through dome…. not to mention those glorious sprinkles.
My cake was plain looking and the plastic was clinging…..toothpicks caving in…hmmmm it’s fine I decided…. it was just fun to be a participant.
At some point I saw a few of the judges gathering around and tasting my cake, a cringeworthy moment as I imagined them laughing at this made from scratch no icing cake.
Well, My pink cake took 2nd place! Haha I was shocked, and so was Susan.
I still to this day reflect on that stupid cake and how I searched for ingredients and thought I hadn’t a chance. I imagined the shiny glass domes over those colorful sprinkles would certainly make mine look like a sad little excuse of a cake.
Whenever I think I can’t do something, or I’m not ready for greatness, I think about that little girl of nine years old who used her imagination, whatever resources she could come up with, some creative energy and ended up with a sweet surprise…
I say to myself, when I need encouragement…pink cake………….. Gretta
A painting I recently did of my son Brandon sleeping. Needless to say I said “pink cake” often in my early years of painting. But it’s about challenging yourself…pushing through and believing that you deserve great things.