Posted by: cassymuronaka | June 18, 2009

Cake or death

Sometimes I save notes that I have quickly scrawled to myself. I come across these scraps of paper all over the house, as I did today when rooting through my nightstand table drawer. What I write down is invariably something hilarious that I don’t want to forget.

The story on this piece of paper involved two greeting cards I purchased simultaneously.

One was for my young nephew who was having a birthday. I bought the other card to send to my longtime dentist, whose wife had unexpectedly died.

I was more or less on auto-pilot as I wrote each card. For reasons I no longer remember, I was in a big rush to drive down to the post office and mail both of them.

But a little bell began tinkling at the back of my brain as I hurried out my front door. A question arose: had I put the cards in the correct envelopes?

I could not answer this question, so I ran back in the house, slammed my purse on the table and ripped open the envelope addressed to my dentist. Inside I found a brightly-colored card asking: GOT CAKE?


  1. Yikes! A wonderful post and an observation by me — The reaction probably wouldn’t be as bad as you think.

    My maternal grandmother was one of the nicest people on the planet and utterly adored by those who knew her. One of my favorite memories of her was around 1975 — at the reception following her husband’s funeral, she was opening a long line of sympathy cards and we were all sympathizing as to how considerate people had been in sending them. One of the last envelopes she opened contained a bright yellow card with a “Congratulations!” on the outside and a “How wonderful for you!” on the inside — along with a small local newspaper clipping about my grandmother recently receiving some smallish local honor. My grandmother laughed for at least 5 minutes.

    • Really great story.

  2. What a great story, Big D!

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