Location: Savannah, Georgia
Last September, David joined me at several of my weekend speaking gigs since I was on the road the entire month for Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. (He has probably heard my talk over fifty times, but he says he never grows tired of it. That’s a good hubby I’ve got there.) Our travels always include great meals and lots of walking (to offset the great meals), but in Savannah we also enjoyed the Great Cake Pop Giveaway.
Every booth at these survivor events has giveaways like candy or lip balm or tshirts or bags to lure you to their table. The Myriad Genetics booth was giving away teal (the color for ovarian cancer) cake pops. They were a big hit, especially with the kids, but even when we let folks take handfuls of them, there were a ton left over. So David and I left the race with a huge box of them. Our plan was not to gorge on them ourselves, but to give them away.
Now when I say our plan, I mean mine. David was initially a reluctant participant in the Great Cakepop Giveaway. He would have preferred it if I had simply handed the entire box over to a family or to the hotel staff. Offering them up one by one throughout town was not his idea of a fun afternoon activity. He was dubious that people would accept a cake pop from a random stranger. I am happy to report he was wrong on both counts.
It turns out being offered a teal cake pop out of the blue brings out the giddy child in everyone. We made a lot of friends that day and people were genuinely delighted to get a cake pop, sometimes returning with a coworker or friend to partake in the Great Cake Pop Giveaway. We were so tickled by people’s reactions, like the immaculately dressed elderly woman who broke into a huge grin and said, “Why yes, I would love a cake pop!” and then devoured it in one bite.
So that’s all I have for you today. Cake pops, connecting with folks over cake pops, and the fact that sometimes we are just one cake pop away from turning strangers into friends.