In the meantime, here a few photos of what inspires me to share my baking world with you. It's not about me. It's about the people who trust me to contribute to their most meaningful days of celebration, joy, and even remembrance. Sometimes, when I wonder if what I do is worth it, I realize that my cakes are invited to the party to convey messages of birthday joy, of welcoming a baby, of celebrating many years of marriage, of graduations and new homes, and even long lives, well-lived. And most significantly, of celebrating my own children's marriages. There's nothing I can give that means more, from my heart. I'm not a business. I don't take orders. I get requests and say no many times more than I say yes. I bake only for those I am close to, for those for whom I am willing to give up my nights and weekends, since I work full-time in an entirely different profession. My cakes play a role, an honored and significant one, to those who mean the world to me, and if nothing else, that is worth it.
Here are photos of some of the happy energy in my kitchen this week!:
|Brothers at the sink - something "Rockwellian" about them!|
|An amazing milestone!|
|Celebration for a beautiful girl!|
|Cookies for a memorial service for a lovely lady. |
I had just recently baked her favorite cake in celebration of her 95th birthday.
Now, when I wonder if what I do makes a difference, or matters in any real way, I just have to remember that moment when the cake box is opened, when a look of complete delight comes over the face of the recipient, when someone trusts me to add something special to a special day. I can say that is definitely worth it.