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Surprise a Friend with a Homemade Cake

February 10, 2016
Twinkly Tanya ~ Surprise Someone with a Homemade Cake | 101 in 1001 | Day Zero Project | Baking

I love baking and I love surprising people. So I figured it would be perfect to combine the two into this goal:

No. 93: Surprise someone on a random day with a homemade cake.

I didn’t quite know who would be my ‘victim’ though, or when would be the best time to do it. I mean, how would you know if someone is home, or is even appreciating you dropping by without any message? Of course I could just bring a cake on a day I would meet a friend anyways, but that didn’t seem quite as fun as just dropping by unexpectedly and handing over a cake. I decided not to think about this too much and wait for the right time. Last week, that right time had come.

A friend of mine was feeling really depressed that day, to the extend that she wasn’t even able to go to work. I felt so bad for her and I really wanted to do something to cheer her up. And then suddenly I remembered this goal. It seems like the perfect recipe: surprising her with a visit and filling her up with chocolate. The effort I would put into a homemade cake only could add to her well-being, I thought. So I looked up a fairly fast, yet super yummy recipe for a chocolate cake and started baking.

It really felt good creating something that would probably cheer up my friend. Of course I didn’t expect to solve all her worries with a simple cake, but I hoped it would at least put a smile on her face.

When driving up to her, I was so worried that she wouldn’t be home. I knew she had called in sick, but what if she decided to visit a friend to see if they could cheer her up? I felt a tingling in my stomach, yet at the same time I knew I should not worry. When your feeling depressed, the last thing you are thinking about is leaving the house.

Twinkly Tanya ~ Surprise Someone with a Homemade Cake | 101 in 1001 | Day Zero Project | Baking

When I rang her bell, nobody answered, though. I rang again and started to feel nervous again. When still nobody answered, I decided to give her a call. For all I knew, she was just getting a few necessities for dinner or something. I did not find my phone anywhere though. I must have left it at home! This was the worst possible time for that! Being unplugged is not always that great, apparently.

So I took my cake and went back home again. I felt sad. I wanted to cheer her up so badly and now I failed. I decided to give it another try later tonight, but now I was worried that she still might not be home by then. And how would I know? Of course I could call her and ask, but that would kinda spoil the surprise.

I took my chances and just tried again without letting her know I was coming. Again, nobody answered. This time I had my phone with me though, so I called her. She answered! It appears she was at home after all, but she had had her headphones on to listen to some music. It was a miracle she even heard her phone. It turned out she had been there all along, also the first time when I was there. How amusing.

I may have had some difficulties delivering the cake, but the result was exactly as I had hoped for: it had put a smile on her face. If it hadn’t written this down as a goal, I would probably not have thought of doing this. I don’t know if I would have come up with something else, or if I would have dropped by at all. Maybe I would have tried to visit her, find her not being home and I would not have tried a second time. I don’t know what would have happened. All I know is that I will have to thank myself for coming up with this goal one and a half years ago. Because this goal helped me make my friend just a tiny bit less depressed. And that is something really priceless.

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Hello there! I’m Tanya, writer, translator and blogger. I am doing 101 goals in 1001 days, because I want to turn my dreams into reality. I hope my goals will inspire you to live your life to the fullest as well!

Besides this blog I also write short stories, columns, plays, video scripts, subtitles and so much more. If you’d be interested in hiring me to write for you, please check out Typisch Tanya. If you’d like to read my stories, you can visit me on Tanya’s tales.

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