I have so many wonderful people that I get to cross paths with due to my cake business. Most are just polite people who I know very little about but get the pleasure of providing a cake for their event.
Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and graduations. Just recently a lady called me to order a cake and cupcakes for her daughter's first communion.
The conversation began as usual, with the exchange of information. Erika was friendly and we hit it off as I told her about my cake business. She opened up a little and shared that she was in school for nursing. She explained that she had lost her husband not long ago, and was now a single mom.
Her love for her daughter, Lauren was so evident to me. I knew without her saying so, that she would give anything for her little girl. I kept thinking about Erika and Lauren long after I got off the phone.
Erika explained the close relationship they had. I thought about the fact that Erika has to work and go to school, she is working hard to give her daughter the best life she can. She isn't thinking about herself. Not all mother's love this way. But there are those rare few, who love because they see their child as a precious gift they have received. I know that this is how Erika views Lauren.
I heard a quote once; "To have a child is to have your heart go walking forever outside your body." - unknown.
When Erika showed up to pick up the first communion cake, I was so pleased to see that she had brought Lauren with her. Out of the vehicle bounced a beautiful bright eyed girl who "oohed" and "ahhhed" over the cupcakes and cake. I decided that kids are my favorite fans. (they gush unabashedly) ;)
In the end, I'm so blessed to have met Erika and Lauren. Beautiful reminders that I shouldn't take anything for granted. And an even more important reminder to focus on what is REALLY important this Mother's Day.
Happy Mother's Day!