I was all over the place today. Crying and not crying. A throat full of burning lumps like held-back vomit. Eyes hot and sandpapery. And that feeling, the heavy-tight feeling, clenching the suboccipital muscles into bundles of gristle, with that impending sense of doom. But the doom wasn’t impending. The thing of dreadful fear had already happened. Still, it was hard to fully inflate my lungs.
I called on BabyMac to find a perfect birthday cake to bake for my friend, ‘cos BabyMac knows a thing or two about sucking the good stuff outa life.
The cake is called Anne. She’s big and sweet and full of goodness. Four eggs from happy chooks. Lashings of magnificent butter worth it’s weight in gold (no, really, it costs the same as gold). And a shit load of sugar. My mate would have loved Anne. Anne has quite a heft about her. She’s not for the faint of heart. And my friend was not faint-hearted. She was a tough bugger. And she didn’t mind a cake.
So I baked Anne, and I shared her around. I gave some to my family, some to my neighbours and some to a gorgeous friend. I didn’t tell them why I’d given them some Anne to feast on, but they sent me back loving messages, and pictures, just the same. Anne is that kind of cake. She makes an impact, and I think she likes to get around a bit. Anne likes making people smile, making them rub their bellies, and push back their chairs as they lick her last crumbs off their plate. Anne reminds us of what it’s like to be alive, and nourished, under this big wide sky of potential. Anne reminds us to savour all of the flavours of life, to taste as many different things as we can, and to devour every last morsel.
Turns out, Anne is a lot like my friend. I think they would have liked each other.
Happy Birthday Hayls. I saved you a bit of Anne. Bon Apps.
…From The Ashers xx