Its an edible coffee mug - a cake for my dear friend's 92nd birthday. She is an inspiration and a role model- God bless. She drinks her morning coffee in a huge mug that she insists must be filled to the brim. So I made a tumbler that is even larger. It is an almond cake with intense almond filling. The "tea" was caramel spread on top.
In spite of the COVID-imposed social distancing a few of her friends and family gathered to celebrate. Her daughter cut generous pieces of the cake to distribute among the neighbors who were respectfully distancing for her protection. Love you loads my friend, I hope to make a fabulous cake for you again next year in-shaa-Allah (God willing).
So COVID-19 a subject of fear and fascination is still a threat, in fact surges in the number of cases are being reported all over the world. It has been over six months of social distancing and masks and no hand shakes. Social contacts can buffer the negative effects of stress so this quarantine fatigue is leading to serious depression and uncertainty. While we will never go back to pre-COVID state we all crave for some sort of normalcy--- a new, post COVID normalcy. This historical experience is shared by all who live through the year 2020; but will it end once 2020 is over? Perhaps not, but it WILL be behind us eventually. Here's to a new, post COVID era of heightened consideration for each other, more compassion, better health- Amen.