Sometimes it takes the words of our children to make us realize the important things in life.
Last week I made a chocolate cake for a church dinner we were going to. The cake looked great when I took it out of the oven, but within a few minutes it had fallen in the center and looked terrible.
I have no clue why it fell because it was done all the way through. I have learned over years of baking, that sometimes cakes just do that. Usually they taste fine, but they look awful.
And most of the time I am fine with that because taste is what is important. However, when I am taking a dessert somewhere, I like it to not only taste great, but look great.
As I was complaining about the “disaster” of a cake and how I did not have time to make another one, my son walked by and offered his thoughts.
“Mom it will be just fine because you are going to frost it and the pieces in the middle will now have a lot more frosting on them and those will be the best pieces.”
Don’t you wish sometimes we could step back and think like a ten year old boy?
Here I was wanting a perfect cake, but all I could see was the imperfection. My son on the other hand saw only perfection in the sunken middle.
I saw only the negative and he saw only the positive.
And he was right. There was no need to make another cake. The cake did not have to be perfect in my eyes, because others look at it in a totally different light. If you love frosting those middle pieces were the perfect pieces.
Sometimes we just need to see life through the eyes of a ten year old boy.