There are some people in our lives that we just want to be around whenever possible.
You know who I’m talking about… the ones in your life that you’re always, always happy to see.
And it’s not too hard to figure out why when thinking about them.
They greet you with a warm smile every time you come around, even if they’re not feeling particularly happy that day.
They know just how to make you laugh, without even really trying.
They let their walls down a bit and share things with you about their lives. All kinds of things… not just the bright and happy stuff.
And when it’s your turn to share a few things, they actually listen. You know, not pretend-listen while thinking of the next thing they want to say.
They’re kind, but sassy enough to tell you just how they feel about something when asked.
And sometimes when not asked.
WITHOUT making you feel “less” because of your differing opinion.
And they rarely judge.
Because they’re smart enough to know that they haven’t got it all figured out themselves, either.
“Love” is something they care very much about, and they’re not at all interested in hurting others or dragging anyone’s name through the mud. Even if it may be well deserved.
But maybe the most important thing that comes to mind when you think about them…
is that you know, without a doubt, that they’re in your corner.
That when you’re in the ring with your hands taped and your gloves on, ready to go head to head with the ridiculously large monstrosity called “Life” stationed in that opposite corner,
you know that they, that person you’re thinking of, will be waiting for you, back there against the ropes, with the spit bucket and white towels in hand, ready to wipe the blood off your face,
stare you in the eye,
and remind you that you’ve got what it takes.
They cheer you on.
Not just sometimes, when it works for them.
My Aunt Cheryl is one of those people in my life.
I don’t see her nearly enough, but every time I do she fills me up and brings me joy.
And she doesn’t even know she’s doing it.
I love her. Very much.
And I do often tell her that when I see her, but I wonder if she really gets it.
I hope so.
It was just her and my Uncle Louise’s 50th anniversary, so I made them this cake to help celebrate.
Uncle Louise is a rare gem as well, and I am so ridiculously honored to have them both as part of my family.
It’s people like them that make us better just by being around them.
It’s people like them that make facing off against “Life” not quite so scary.
And if there’s anything I’ve learned while fighting the battles in that ring, it’s that I want to be more like them. Xx
A little video snippet of the finished cake…
A tutorial on how I made the buttercream anemones…
Piping tip #120… https://amzn.to/2GTI1Ie
I used Easy Meringue Buttercream to make the flowers… recipe HERE.
And here’s a little mini-tutorial on how I made the 3D chocolate hearts…
Evil Cake Genius 3D chocolate heart mold, is HERE.
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