It’s another convergence of challenges.
Today’s words are Happiness in a Cup. Now that I’ve effectively quit Coke Zero (did I mention that?), the easy out on this no longer exists. I can’t even quit soda at the right time. Neither Pippa Middleton nor pizza fit in a cup, you see.
A heart-felt, homemade jewelry item from a kid you’re bonkers about? Put that in a cup as it waits for her to repair it, and, well, if that’s not happiness in a cup, I don’t know what is.
This isn’t easy to decipher. No, it’s not three chunks of beef caught in chicken coop wire. It’s three gems. It’s a homemade wire bracelet, with gemstones attached. Grace made it for me. She implored me to pick out gems from her stash.
“I’ll make you something, daddy,” she said.
I chose a subtle stone. I’m no geologist, but it reminded me of root beer. No, she said. I’m going to use these three! Off she ambled, a mess of gems and wires and glue in hand. Back she came, a one-of-a-kind bracelet for her dad and a sweet smile.
I love that kid.
I wore it for a couple of weeks. “Are you wearing a bracelet?” a woman at work asked. I showed it to her. “That’s dope,” she said. It wasn’t the only compliment. It also was one of the only fashion compliments I’ve ever gotten at work.
(The other? Kind words about my orange lanyard for my word badge. I know.)
The bracelet’s in a cup because the clasp broke. Grace said she’ll fix it up.
I’ve long meant to take Dana’s Who I Am Project. It’s a monthly exercise to help writers piece together their stories. Absolute brilliance. This month’s team: Betcha didn’t know. I’ll share stories about happiness in a cup I betcha didn’t know about me.
(Mainly because none have appeared on this blog).
My happiness in a cup, revisited
ONCE I SNUCK rum into a drink at a family gathering. Mainly to cope with the noise and ridicule. I swiped it right out of the liquor cabinet. I overdid it, though. There was so much rum in my Solo cup I had to guzzle it just to pour more Diet Coke in it to make it right.
ONCE I SERVED Marie a cup of happiness she didn’t expect. On my first night back from Mexico, I poured rum into a Coke Zero bottle. In a stroke of genius, I decided to make myself a rum and Coke Zero float. Marie also wanted a Coke Zero float.
So I split the Coke Zero and made two. I realized too late that I’d served her from the “special” Coke Zero. (Because I felt tipsy). She finished hers before I could start! And she was doing just fine. Holy Bacardi pirate!
(They’re not all about rum, my stories.)
MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE happy in a cup? It comes from a limited edition titled My Cookbook, by … Marie. Before the rum thing. It’s called chocolate mug cake.
5-MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE
- 1 large mug
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 3 tablespoons oil
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
- Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mug
- Then add beaten egg, and mix
- Then add milk, oil, and a little vanilla, and mix
- Put mug in microwave for about 3 minutes. Cake should be solid. Turn mug upside down onto a plate and cool