Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Cupcake Game

My teacher Jen and her friends have a birthday tradition called, "The Cupcake Game." If you're at a birthday party for any of these ladies, you'll play the game by getting your own cupcake with your own candle in it for dessert. Every time I've played The Cupcake Game, there's a whole bunch of us, but I s'pose you could play it with just the birthday person and one other friend if you wanted.

Someone starts the game by saying their hope for the birthday girl in the coming year. When they have said everything they want to say, they blow out their candle. Then it's the next person in the circle's turn and all the way back around to the birthday girl, who says her wish and blows out her candle.

I remember the first time I ever played The Cupcake Game, I was struck by how everyone's wish for the birthday girl was to feel something: ease, peace, love, or for her to laugh a lot; no one was wishing the birthday girl a new Mini Cooper or a Jack Russel Terrier.

Back when I was a kid, I had a hard time with the word 'pray.' I preferred to use the word 'wish' and would say my wishes before bed the way I imagined other kids prayed. Sometimes, at my grandparents house we would say "grace," and I liked that word. Nowadays I have no trouble with the word pray, but I still mix in the word wish and mean the same thing.

A friend of mine is leaving for the Mayo Clinic today to find out what's been going on with his heart. I wished him an enlightening and relaxing time there, after which I realized I have completely adopted this policy of hoping good feelings for my friends and anyone.

I am thankful to my main man Rumi, who, hundreds of years ago, did this whole post in three words: "Don't worry, pray."


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Ashleigh Beyer said...

Thanks for reading, Vitamin B Complex! :)

Home 2 Enjoy said...

Thank you for sharing...may I adopt your Cupcake Game? I think you have expressed questions and feelings we all have from time to time. Love, Aunt Karen

Ashleigh Beyer said...

Great question Aunt Karen! OF COURSE YOU CAN ADOPT THE CUPCAKE GAME! It's for everybody. :) LOVE.

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