We watched Forrest Gump as a family the other day. I’d forgotten what a great movie it is. Turns out, the following day was the 20th anniversary of its release. Seriously? Where does 20 years go?
It’s amazing to me how many great quotes came from that movie. “Life is like a box of chocolates…”, “Stupid is as stupid does”, “Run Forrest! Run!”. “Me and Jenny goes together like peas and carrots.”
Anyway, I thought of the movie again when Mario made cupcakes for her theater cast party. She made the cakes herself, including the icing. I was at lunch with friends when she called to tell me the icing was too thick. She worked to thin it out enough to pipe it on the cupcakes. Then she used melted chocolate to make Chinese symbols. And when they were done, they looked pretty good.
About 9:30 pm I receive a text. “The cupcakes died.”
I was so sad for her. “What happened?” I replied.
“The Universe”, was her response. Better than “Sh*t” I suppose. I encouraged her to shrug her shoulders and try to have a good time anyway.
Today I helped her make more cupcakes for a friend of hers. This time we used one of my recipes, so I knew the butter to sugar ratio would be right. Since she was in a hurry, I iced the cupcakes while she prepped <whatever that character is> for the topping. Between the heat of the day, the lack of real A/C in the car, and the still-a-bit-warm cupcakes, the icing and toppings were melted by the time she got there.
The universe was at work again.
I couldn’t help but laugh. I hope she was able to laugh too. Sometimes the universe DOES happen, and all you can do is roll with it.
And that’s all I have to say about that.