An Easter Miracle

Starting a piece with a definition is an over-used literary device, but appropriate to today’s topic. To wit, Merriam-Webster defines “miracle” as “an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment.” Let’s not dwell on “outstanding,” rather focus on “unusual.” And before I disclose, some background is called for.

My late sister Rosie ran circles around the rest of her siblings in her ability to create thoughtful, cute things. She made me Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls with my name inscribed.

She made my nephew a clown Halloween costume that was passed down to the other nieces and nephews the way some families pass down a christening gown.

My inability to do these kinds of things rivaled the inabilities of my siblings, the difference being that they didn’t try. Alas, I was a member of the “hope springs eternal” crowd. Apparently Rosie shared my hope for myself, so when my kids were young and she was decluttering, she would, from time to time, ship me things. Before Christmas, she sent three two-foot high cardboard cutouts shaped liked gingerbread men that my kids could decorate. And before Easter one year, she sent me a lamb cake mold with instructions to use a box cake mix. That was it, the only instruction. Not sure why she thought that was adequate, but as I said, she had more hope in others than they in themselves.

For starters, the mold had 2 pieces. I mixed up the cake, presuming that one piece was the left side of the lamb, and the other, the right. So I filled each side with cake mix. When I took it out of the oven, each side had risen, thus when I removed the cake from each side and put them together, I had a two-headed lamb.

I’d already met the definition of “miracle,” yet there was more.

Unbelievably, I was not dissuaded from going further. I was expecting my 20-something niece and Jim’s brother’s family to join me, Jim, and my three teens for Easter brunch. After a moment’s reflection, I decided none were fussy and all would prefer dessert despite its appearance. So, I forged ahead because I had no alternative and time had grown short. So short, I felt I couldn’t wait to decorate my two-headed lamb cake.

I skillfully applied a white frosting and teased it up to resemble the soft curly fur of a lamb. Masterful. Then ,the piece-de-resistance. I added two red jelly bean eyes and a black jelly bean nose. Viewed from the proper angle, one would hardly notice the duplicate head. Into the freezer it went for a “quick cool.”

A short time later, the time for dessert arrived. I dispatched my son to fetch the cake and bring it to the table. It took him longer than expected because he paused, finding it difficult to walk and laugh simultaneously. You see the “quick cool” wasn’t quick enough and the warm frosting gave rise to some melting of the jelly beans. As all stared in amazement, someone snapped a picture.

Over the years, the picture has been shared to family and friends of family. It is forgotten for several months, then like an Easter miracle, rises.

I am thinking there is no better time than a global pandemic, when people are starved for a bit of amusement, to share my creation publicly. Hence. I present, my two-headed lamb cake.

Rosie, we will miss you tonight when I launch my inaugural attempt at a family Jeopardy game on Zoom, but rest assured, hope springs eternal for my creative ambition.

10 thoughts on “An Easter Miracle

  1. Theologically, I think this Lamb has a lot going for it.

    Blessings on your family, stay healthy and let me know how the Jeopardy game goes, I have another group interested in online game playing.

    Love you, Nancy.

  2. Touching.🙏💜🙏
    Is that the sister we would visit in Chicago??
    I’m testing you Nancy~ Do you recall~
    We would make “Scutterbotch” brownies with her.
    It is a favorite memory of mine. A Miraculous Weekend for me always.

  3. You always have me laughing in tears! Reminds me of a snowman we made last December – used red M&Ms for the eyes. He looked like the Joker from batman!🤣

  4. Love it, Nancy! And nice to rediscover your blog again. So great to have the photo with the story. Thanks for the smile the memory and your writing brought me.

  5. I never tire of this miracle – a two headed lamb!!!!! Only you, as far as my research has found, are capable of such a miracle that has been enjoyed throughout time – always bringing praises, hallelujahs and smiles to all. Never has anyone, as far as I know, ever even tried to create such a creation!!!! You are the designer of an original design only others can wonder about and awe your talents. Again I say, thank you Nancy for sharing your talents. I can only dream about ever creating such a visual and tasteful sight.
    Happy Easter❤️
    Connie Beasley

  6. Laughing out loud! Just what I needed in this moment, Nancy. Thank you for writing your one-of-a-kind voice & view. Happy Easter!

  7. I have no idea what I was expecting, but it wasn’t that. Starting laughing immediately when I saw the photo. Thank you so much for sharing.

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