A year ago when I went to California to be by my father's side, a small package arrived in France. A birthday package mailed to me. Since French Husband stayed in France he told me about the birthday package and asked if I wanted him to mail it to me in California. I told him not to mail it, but instead to put it by my bedside. (I thought I would be in California for a two weeks or so, and then return to France. The package would have taken that amount of time to arrive if sent.)
Seven months later when I returned to France the little package was waiting for me.
A small, faux, birthday cake made in chocolate velvet, with a pink satin, rose on top.
It was such a tender, sweet gift to receive.
But there was more to that cake then the first delicious bite. The cake was on a tray trailed with a brown ruffle ribbon. I lifted the cake off the tray to find a delightful, heart touching surprise.
Underneath the cake was a nest full of friendship notes. Constance, who made the faux, chocolate, velvet cake, had taken the comments sent to me on my birthday last year, cut each one of them out to create streamers of individual notes. The she added them as the sweetest ingredient to the cake.
Imagine my surprise to see those notes, those comments, your kindness, your friendship baked inside of Constance's cake! What a feast! What a welcoming pleasure to come home to... friends surrounding me with loving support.
The inside of the cake was lined with paper of a woman being transported in a carriage. I felt it symbolic of my journey to California... I had been transported, carried along by your prayers, your good thoughts, your generous acts of kindness.... Inside the cake your notes reminded me that I am lucky to have such kind hearted people-friends who read my blog. Thank you.
One of the comments, like a sweet fortune "tale", inspired me today to give back some of the goodness I have received from you.
In the comment section tell me about your last birthday: What did you do.. Did you eat cake... Was it what you expected... What wonderful, funny, birthday gift did you receive... and if you want how old are you.
I will then randomly pick three names out of the comments, and send an antique treasure to the lucky three....
First antique treasure prize: A silver brooch with an amethyst color stone (because February's stone is amethyst. I don't know if this one is real or not but it is purple.)
A small French antique estampe and,
a silver vintage heart to add to a necklace. Oh, tell me which one you prefer so that if your name is drawn I can send you the one you like.
Again thank you Constance and all of you for being such sweethearts to me.
Note: From now on I will be responding to comments in the comment section when I can. If you want you can check back. Some of you ask me questions and it is easier for me to respond directly to your questions in the comment section.