I am part of a big, growing family. As the years go by it seems we see each other less but when we do, it is all about being together… and of course, the food. We are in the strange habit of referring to one another with “cousin” before our names. Not sure where that originated, but we sound like we are right off “The Beverly Hillbillies” show. What an un-Canadian way of speaking!
In the past few years, we have come together for very sad goodbyes. Gatherings are different now as we are all dealing with our losses.
Recently, Cousin Sue & Carrie hosted a BBQ for our big clan. Talk about yummy food…it was a gourmet feast! Cousin Margaret was on dessert duty and brought a beautiful, homemade chocolate cake. When she placed it on the table, we noticed very unusual decorations. Printed little flags lined the cake. “What’s up with all the flags?” someone asked. “We have lots of things to celebrate,” she explained. As we examined the cake, we read all kinds of happy things. Birthdays and anniversaries were noted, passing a driving test, graduating grade 8, etc. I am not sure who was happier to spot their name on the cake, my 9-year-old daughter or me! It was unique and very thoughtful.
At the risk of sounding incredibly corny, I wanted to share the idea of making a celebration cake, especially when it seems like there is not a lot to cheer about at the time. I bet you can think of many happy things to fill flags for the people you love. Cake – yum!