eating cake and the 20 second update

I have been out of town for a couple of days, spending time with friends at their cottage. We were four adults, four boys ranging in age from 17 months to 11 years and five dogs of various ages and sizes. It was barely controlled chaos and absolute bliss.

I am home now. In a few minutes I will turn off the computer and go curl up with a good book and a slice of my friend M.’s divine lemon pound cake (it contains an entire cup of butter and six cups of sugar. That’s before icing) Perhaps I’ll even have a ice cold cider with the cake.

In other news, I have a new post up at MyBreastCancerNetwork.Com, called “The Challenge of the Twenty Second Update.”

This past week end, I went to a beautiful wedding with my family. In attendance were relatives I hadn’t seen in many years, lots of people I had never met and one of my favourite teachers from grade school.

I always feel a bit of awkwardness at these kinds of events, as I brace myself for the inevitable questions, “What are you up to these days?” or “What do you do?”

No one wants to drop the c-word at a wedding, least of all me.

You can read the rest of this post here.

I hope you are all enjoying summer’s last gasp with your own cold cider and lemon pound cake. Or whatever it is that makes you happy.

Cross-posted to Not Just About Cancer.


2 Responses to eating cake and the 20 second update

  1. justenjoyhim says:

    Laurie, I read about the 20-second update. So true. I also read about your meeting a friend with similar circumstances — very touching. “We’re here.” — What else needs to be said, huh?

    I guess there’s such a fine line between dropping the C word and making that a conversation stopper and it becoming a part of life someday — which it is for so many of us. *sigh* — though we wish it weren’t.

  2. Been there, done that.

    Sometimes I answer fully: I mommy, I teach swimming, and I deal with cancer. Can’t Complain! 🙂

    Other times, I leave the last part out (the cancer part, not the can’t complain part…)


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