On this day, I made "Dessert." That's what we called it. I've since heard it called "Better than Robert Redford" and "Better than Sex," but we just called it "Dessert," a more appropriate name for a family with a whole bunch of little kids.
It was heavenly--a buttery, nutty crust, a layer of sweetened cream cheese, another layer of chocolate pudding goodness, all topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate curls. I'd carefully made each layer and then chilled it well, to keep the layers distinct and pretty. I'd curled the chocolate with a vegetable peeler into long, curly pieces. It was a lovely dessert.
And it tasted incredible. I wanted Grandpa and Grandma Higginson to try it, so mom helped me cut two perfect pieces and put them on a plate.
After dinner, I walked the two blocks to Grandpa and Grandma's house, proudly carrying my culinary masterpiece. I walked through their gate and headed to the side door. Just a few feet from my destination, my foot caught on the grass surrounding one of their stepping stones and I lost my balance. I caught myself, but the jolt sent the plate of dessert flying. My tasty accomplishment was upside down on the grass in a messy blob.
I didn't knock on the door. I just picked up the empty plate, turned around and walked home. I may have cried a little. I was only about twelve, after all.
Back home I told mom of my tragedy. I had wanted them to have some. I knew they'd have been impressed. "Let's see if there's any more," Mom suggested. There was a little left but it was messy and all the layers were muddled together. It wasn't pretty. I wasn't sure. "It still tastes good. They'll like it," Mom said.
Together we dished up the rest and I carefully walked back to Grandpa and Grandma's. Mom was right. They thought it was delicious and ate every bite. Then I told them what had happened and how sad I was that they didn't get to see the beautiful pieces.
"Where did you drop it?" Grandma asked.
"In your yard. Right by the door," I said.
Grandma opened the door and saw the pile of dessert on the lawn. She walked into the house, got a spoon and a plate and headed back out. I followed her and watched her scoop it up and then pick off the grass that clung to the whipped cream. Back in the house, she divided the dessert onto three pretty plates and we sat down at the table and ate it.
"This is just too delicious to waste," she said and Grandpa agreed.
I walked back home bursting with pride. I may have cried a little. I was only about twelve, after all.