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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Handout (04/14/11)

TITLE: Cupcake Fiasco
By Ann Martin


Chocolate chip cookies, chocolate ice cream, chocolate cake…I love sweets and always have. When I was 5 years old, my love for sweets led me to start a little business in my neighbourhood. I would go around the neighbourhood asking neighbours if they would like to hear me sing Jesus Loves Me. They could pay me for my singing by giving me cookies. I clearly remember standing on a chair and singing my little heart out and then my little hand would go out and I would receive my cookies. My singing for cookies career abruptly ended when my mommy found out.

Not only do I enjoy eating sweets, but I also enjoy baking them and handing them out to friends and family. Recently I decided to make some lovely cupcakes to share with the next-door neighbours. What nicer way to show a little of God’s love, than to share some yummy chocolate cupcakes. That’s right, the cupcakes were chocolate with sprinkles on top. I have to admit as I walked along the porch to their front door I felt rather proud of my treats. I had nine cupcakes on the platter. I reached out to knock on their door when suddenly my foot hit a patch of ice. I did what I call the ‘grannie annie dance’. My platter of cupcakes slid this way and that way and by the time the ‘grannie annie dance’ was over, there was one cupcake left on the platter and it was upside down. One of the cupcakes had the misfortune of flying through the air and hitting the window on the door and so there was a chocolate blob on the window. Another one hit the siding of their white house and so there was a chocolate blob on the house. The rest of the cupcakes were scattered all around in front of the door. The next problem was that the door was actually a glass door, so I could see in and unfortunately they could see out. As I was slithering around on the porch on my hands and knees trying to be invisible and retrieve the cupcakes, one of the children looked out the window and to my horror we made eye contact for a brief moment. I held my breath hoping he would not call mommy to come and see the funny old lady on her hands and knees eating chocolate cupcakes. Quickly I jumped up and hid from view for a few moments. I felt like a criminal hiding in the shadows, which kind of made things even more exciting. ‘Mommy’ peeked out the window and seeing no one, she went back to whatever she was doing and although the little guy peeked out one more time, he finally moved away from the window. I quickly grabbed the remaining cupcakes and tried to wipe the chocolate blobs off the window and the house to no avail. The chocolate icing smeared around like finger paint. Finally, I went home carrying my platter with one upside down cupcake.

Maybe my handing out treats to the neighbours has a few glitches. But, chocolate chip cookies or cupcakes can encourage a broken heart. Reaching out to someone who is hurting can be difficult. But, if we just show up with cupcakes or cookies in hand, and begin a conversation, God will do the rest through His spirit. I am not sure it is necessary to do the ‘grannie annie dance’ and throw cupcakes all around. But, I will tell you, the cupcake fiasco did open up opportunities for us to laugh together and eventually I was able to share Jesus with them.

Every once in a while, I think of starting up my singing for cookies business again. I would sing and the neighbors could hand out cookies to me. However, I am not sure what my momma would think!

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Anita van der Elst04/21/11
I liked the humor and the friendly personal feel to this story.
diana kay04/22/11
lovely :-) it is great when you can see the funny side of these disasters. I love the Granny Annie dance and i can just picture it.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/22/11
This was a delight to read. The Granny Annie dance made me laugh out loud. Youhave a great sense of humor. Try breaking the paragraphs unto smaller ones for a short story. You told two different events and I think each one could stand on its own with a few more details. You did a nice job of showing me the scene on the porch. Great job.
Jennifer Hill04/27/11
You had me at cupcakes:) This was a sweet tale, I like the paragraph about stepping out and sharing Jesus by an act of kindness. If we are willing to put ourselves out there, God will be with us and open hearts. Thank you for the fun read!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/28/11
Congratulations for ranking 6th in level one!