Monday, November 16, 2015
The Pound Cake Queen
I’m standing behind the podium at my mother’s funeral thanking many of the folks who cared for Mama during her 3 1/2 year journey. I thanked those who loved her, and whom she loved, and noted a number of people who made her life easier, and more enjoyable, in a variety of ways.
I told them what I discussed in the last blog; that so often, during times like this, we say, “If there is anything I can do just ask,” but we may or may not really mean it.
Then I told them about the fact that Mama was the Pound Cake Queen of Lumberton, NC. Every year, around the holidays, Mama would bake 10-12 pound cakes and give them to people she loved, people who had done good things for her during the year, and some of her neighbors. She baked and gave pound cakes as an expression of love.
And then, here’s what I asked of them; I said, “If you’re one of those folks who say, ‘If there is anything I can do, just let me know,’ here’s what you can do….I want you to bake or buy a pound cake during the holidays and give it to someone you love or someone who has done something good for you during the past year. And when you give it to them you need to understand that you are doing this in honor of Marie Collins and the fact that she made your life better.”
THE CONGREGATION LOVED IT!! People were laughing and clapping and nodding their heads because many of them ( me included) had been on the receiving end of Mama’s pound cake gift.
The part they really loved was when I said, “And, if you can’t, or don’t want to bake a pound cake, or, if you would LOVE to bake a pound cake but you understand that if you do you’ll end up poisoning someone, then go buy a pound cake, take it out of the wrapper, put it on a plate and when you give it to them tell them that it’s Marie Collins’ recipe!”
When I said that the room exploded! Mama’s best friend, Maggie, was laughing so hard I thought we’d have to give her oxygen.
Take the pound cake challenge. If you know a caregiver, give’em a pound cake. If you are a caregiver, think about baking (if you have the time) or buying a poundcake, cut it in half or quarters to spread it out, and give it away.
I’d appreciate it and Mama would have loved it!