As many of my readers know, Kate Spade is one of my favorite designers. Some may even say I have an obsession – purses, clothing, shoes, jewelry, even water bottles – I can’t get enough! Several of Kate’s products use the slogan, “Eat Cake for Breakfast.” Sometimes I think she co-opted it from me – every year I eat cake for breakfast on the day after my birthday! When I was a kid, I would argue with my Mom that it was totally acceptable – how was it different from eating a donut or a muffin or even pancakes drowned in maple syrup! It was a logical argument and I was pretty convincing.
It’s not so much the act of eating cake for breakfast (although a nice slice of yellow cake with sugary vanilla frosting sounds great this morning), but what the phrase evokes – whimsy. I love the word whimsy; whimsical. I can actually feel the word when I think about it – I can feel joy in the little things. Eating cake for breakfast is like having whipped cream on my white chocolate mocha – finding a slice of joy in a small action.
I received the best care package the other day from some colleagues. I laughed and smiled as I discovered, among other things, all kinds of candy, puzzle books, trashy magazines, a gift certificate for a much needed manicure, and even a toy for Sadie. As I opened each gift, I felt my spirits lift; it felt like eating cake for breakfast. In the moment, I let go of my frustrations and embraced the whimsy.
So, thank you, Kate, for reminding me to keep finding whimsy even in the midst of chaos. I promise I will eat more cake for breakfast (so to speak!)!