When you really sit down and think about it, there are some interesting things in this world that bring people together. Location, coincidence, common interests, grief and loss, mutual friends, the internet. Even asking for something can bring people together. Though I tend to think of this last way of finding togetherness happens more in customer service relationships. Like last night when my phone stopped working for a few hours and my husband called the phone company tech support.
“Can I help you?”
“Yes please. My wife’s phone stopped sending text messages. It can receive them, but not send them out.”
The phone rep asked for hubby’s phone number and he called him back three times during the evening to get it worked out. Three actual, live phone calls in one day. Now that’s togetherness, right?
Sometimes there are even stronger first world problems than that of a phone not sending texts. Like when one person wants a certain flavor cupcake from a certain cupcake store, which just happens to be 2,814 miles away from where this one person lives. When she hears about another person traveling to the very location where the special cupcake store is, she has no choice but to ask him to bring one back for her.
It doesn’t matter that they’ve never said more than hello to each other and only once or twice. It doesn’t matter that the cupcakes cost about $8.00 each. What matters is that she gets one. A quick message sent via modern day messenger pigeon (read: Facebook) and a tentative plan is put into place.
The entire transaction takes only a few planes, half a dozen airports and plane rides, and that magic $8.00. Before you know it, the deliciousness that is a tiramisu cupcake from The Yellow Carrot is nestled safe inside the pastry box lovingly surrounded by a few of his other, less decadent flavored cupcake buddies, wrapped in pastry paper, and sitting inside her refrigerator waiting to meet her.
I know what you’re thinking: “It’s just a cupcake!” And to those of you who think that, well, find the door and leave. And go all the way Durango, Colorado to the Yellow Cupcake. Purchase one of these treats and see for yourself if you don’t think of poetic ways to spread the word about this amazing dessert. The only thing that comes close to how good these are is a chocolate shoo fly pie.
Man, those chocolate pies are incredible. The crust is flaky, the cake is spongy, and it has been years since I’ve had one. But the thought of it still makes my mouth water. I should really see if anyone I know is heading out to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania or nearby Lancaster. I could really go for a slice of chocolate shoo fly with my coffee this morning. The traditional shoo fly pies have got nothing on a chocolate one. Give me a minute while I check my friend list to see who lives out there or is heading out there soon.
Anyway, never underestimate what brings us together in life. People are here for a reason. And they don’t last forever. Some people may be in your life for less time than it takes to get a cupcake. Others, for less time than it takes to eat said cupcake. Regardless, cherish the moment(s) they are there. Because in the end, you’ll learn something. About life, humanity, the quirkiness of people, and probably even yourself.
All it takes is meeting someone, saying hello, and occasionally, the power of a cupcake.