Practice Makes Perfect
There is a saying that “Practice Makes Perfect”, but there should be a caveat that the practice needs to be meaningful. I think this was displayed quite adeptly last Wednesday at Gwyn’s 3rd Birthday Party.
Gwyn’s mother was on a business trip, so that left Grandpa (aka Larry) in charge. Almost immediately Larry encountered an obstacle. Dairy Queen forgot to decorate the festive ice cream cake with Gwyn’s name. And it turns out the teenage males manning the store never pursued on-the-job training in cake decoration. Larry decided to personalize the cake himself. He stopped by the store and picked up some pink icing.
Now, Larry also lacks cake decorating experience, so he got out a piece of bread to practice. He worked on his whole wheat canvas briefly and then announced, “Enough practice, I’m ready!”
He squeezed icing over the cake and proceeded to scrawl blobs that were only slightly reminiscent of letters.
Here is a picture of the cake’s first letter. Now I didn’t notice this until I was already home. Look at the practice bread in the background.
What is supposed to be a G on the cake. The practice bread is in the background.
Larry felt confident to proceed after THAT? 🙂
The cake quickly became a group project. A knife was used to try to shift icing around and consultants were brought in to supervise.
Even with everyone’s involvement and advice, the “GWYN” looked like it was written by Gwyn herself.
Luckily, there a little known secret about decorating cakes for three-year olds. Exclusively just for you, I’ll share.
Three-year olds are not concerned with legibility of icing. They just want to ingest it!
Gwyn was as pleased as she could be with the pink scribbles. And unlike last year, she knew exactly what to do when the candles were lit.