There are a lot of things I love about my job, and this blue llama cake perfectly sums them up. Let me explain.
First, I love working with food. Baking, cooking, creating things for people to eat and enjoy. It’s a medium that speaks to me. The llama cake is cute, but it’s also made with care and quality. The cake and frosting will taste delicious, and that brings me satisfaction knowing the finished product will delight the tastebuds as well as the eyes.
Second, I love working with my staff. We have never been asked to do a llama cake before. And for the record, this isn’t something we offer (more about that in a minute), so please don’t call and order a llama cake. But we made an exception, and we knew we could figure it out together. It was a bonding experience to get the frosting color just right, to talk through different strategies, to hear input and ideas before we started piping, and to laugh our heads off as the cute llama face began to take form. I could have just done it alone, or asked someone to do it. But we did it together, and now we all have the llama cake memory in our bank of fond feelings, and that’s a gift.
Lastly, and the real point of this story, is how much I love working with our clients. This cake is for a little girl whose mother has been a Hurley House client for five years. She used to come to my home, back before we had a retail location, and she would bring her children to Store Hours in my dining room. I got to know their names, and learn a little bit about their family. Now they come to the Hurley House store on a regular basis for treats or dinner, or they swing through the drive through and pick up an after school snack, or they order a birthday cake.
When Laura walked in and asked if we could possibly help her out with a llama cake, the answer was yes before we even knew the details. She had ordered the toppers, but she needed a professional to help her out with the finished cake, and I didn’t hesitate for a second. It’s the opportunity to say yes to someone who has been with us since day one, connected to our story, supported us, shared their lives with us, and comes in looking for a way to make her daughter’s desire for a blue llama birthday cake a reality. I love getting to show my gratitude for loyal friends and clients like Laura by stepping outside of what we normally offer and making a very special exception.
There are a lot of things rolling around and shifting at Hurley House. All of it good, some of it hard. But it has sparked in me a deep gratitude for the people I get to work with, the way we do our work, and the people with whom we share our work.
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