I was given a gift yesterday; a reminder actually…
You see, today was my daughter’s birthday, and as is tradition in our house, I made and decorated the birthday cake.
I was finding it a challenge to decide what culinary creation I was going to present, and googled cakes with a nursery rhyme theme. Up came thousands! Mostly which were quite complex, and would require multiple days to complete.
Anyway, I went shopping to our local party supplies place, and hey presto! there was a design on a cake accessories box that was just perfect! “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” it would be. So, gift number 1, thankyou universe for the inspiration!
I then visited our local grocery store to buy the remaining perishable items. I walked a lap of the store, gathered some goods, and proceeded to the checkout. Just as a reached the checkout another lady stepped in front of me with a couple of items in her arms. No worries, I thought. Then a gentleman arrived from our right and started up a conversation with the lady in front of me. The queue ahead of her had progressed, but she did not move. Instead she looked at me with an expression of ‘what are you doing here?’ directed toward me, which I thought was odd. It also dawned on me that it is rather rare that there is ever a queue in this store, as it is a small store, and it certainly wasn’t a busy time of day.
I continued waiting patiently, hoping their conversation would be short-lived. They kept talking. I kept waiting. And then… The gentleman mentioned something about chocolate cake.
That was it!
I had forgotten something!
In my focus of designing the look of the cake, I had overlooked actually purchasing the supplies to make the cake part of the birthday cake! Thankyou, thankyou, I thought!
His throw-away comment had been the exact thing I needed to hear, a comment that would save me a return trip to the store. I felt so grateful for the synchronous comment, and even more grateful that I had noticed it in time to take action.
I turned around, collected the missing ingredients, proceeded to the checkout and all flowed beautifully again. No line, no waiting, just ease and grace…
In hindsight I also realised that I had ‘coincidentally’ met 2 people earlier in the day whom I had been eager to chat with, and had ‘magically’ appeared at the same place and same time as me, allowing me to efficiently communicate with both of them. It was a great day, and the party went beautifully today too; a happy birthday girl, lots of happy guests, and a cake that was appreciated and eagerly consumed.
So I’m wondering, when you have been blessed with a synchronous event that you knew was for your benefit?
I would love for you to leave me a comment and share your blessed moments too.
It just goes to show that you never really know that impact you are having on others, even a throw-away line can be helpful to someone you hadn’t even really noticed was there!
With love to you,