Several years ago I read a story which I found quite lovely because it was so simple and said so much about how we connect with other people. It was about a young man who decided to bake a cake for his grandma for her birthday. He did his best and put it in a transparent container and set off to see her by travelling on the underground. He was amazed at how many people commented on the cake sitting on his lap. “Oh for me. You shouldn’t have!” or “It’s my birthday…..how did you know?” People spoke to him who would usually ignore him. All because of the cake. When he said that he had made it for his grandma it seemed as though these people thought he was really special. And of course he was. Let’s face it how many young men do you know who go to the trouble of baking a cake for their grandma?
His grandma loved the cake. She loved her grandson. The whole experience got him thinking. He was unsure what to do with the rest of his life but now he knew. He would open a cake shop. He called it Cake Love. He realised that making a cake was an act of love. He worked hard and opened a shop in a poor area. Before long the queues were long. Everyone wanted to be a customer of Cake Love. He opened a café a few doors away so that the people queuing to buy a cake had somewhere to have a cup of coffee. He was so successful that he could have opened a shop in a swanky neighbourhood. He didn’t. He wanted to give something back to the community that had supported his dream. He saw that his act brought people together.
I have long lost this book. If it’s familiar to you then perhaps you could let me know the title as I would love to replace it. So why am I sharing this with you? Well it seems to me that we could all do with some Cake Love in these troubled times. We don’t need to make grand gestures to make a difference in our communities. Small changes can create the ripples which lead to big changes. So why don’t you ‘bake a cake’ for somebody today because whatever we do, if we do it with integrity and love, then it leaves an imprint.