Connie A Thompson

Sunday Dinner: Kindness

512px-Flag-map_of_South_Carolina.svgMy mother loved all holidays, but especially birthdays. When my nephew, Zachary was five, he loved Spongebob Squarepants. Said nephew is now an adult and Spongebob is still adored by many children including my grandkids.

Mom found one of those character pans that was all the rage and decided to make her grandson a birthday cake. It looked simple. Use a star tip and fill in with the appropriate icing color. I’m not sure what she did to the icing, but it wasn’t firm and the stars began to dissolve into one another. It was pitiful, but to my nephew, it was the best birthday cake ever.

I tend to get caught up with my own perfectionism. I like things to be done a certain way. I like them to look a certain way. At the time, I thought my mom should have thrown the cake out and started again. My mom hesitated when she presented  it to him. I saw the excitement in a five-year old’s eyes. It was a Spongebob Squarepants cake and it was for his birthday.

It isn’t always about being perfect. It’s about doing the best you can.

I’m a South Carolina native. I was horrified to hear of the Charleston shootings. Forgiveness is the most difficult thing to give and the yet the families of the victims stood up one by one and gave forgiveness. I applaud them. They set the standard for what could have been a volatile situation. People came together in love, honor, and compassion.

This weekend people have painted their social media profiles blue and encouraged one another to perform nine acts of kindness in honor of those who died. Wouldn’t it be great if acts of kindness turned into a way of life? My prayers go out to those affected by this tragedy.

At Sunday dinner, my family and I will celebrate my nephew, Ethan’s birthday. I’ve made a Red Devil cake and one of his favorite meals, barbecue chicken. Thank goodness he’s too old for a Spongebob Squarepants cake.


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