This cake is amazing!
Truth: this evening I stumbled across a kind soul that went shopping with me at Wal-Mart in Baltimore, Maryland. While in the food section of the store, picking out items for breakfast for the wedding party [this was the maid of honor that was with me], she asked if I had a specific type of cake back home.
Naturally, not paying attention, I said, “Nope, not that I’m aware of. We do have red velvet though.”
This is your ‘Welcome to Maryland’ cake! Eat it tonight, you will be amazed!
Truthfully, I am amazed.
This has been the common concept throughout the third leg of my adventure. While yes, the snow is falling, heaven only knows what that may do to the flying tomorrow night, the experience has been overwhelmingly covered with God’s grace. Such was the earlier post about my rental car getting upgraded to a 2012 Camero, after the company had said that 24 year old’s could not rent sports cars.
So a brief recap of Baltimore:
Touched down in this gorgeous city, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, once I got off the tarmac from the plane [second flight was in a pack of gum], and out of the station it was off to get the car.
Got the car.
Found the hotel, entered, grabbed a quick, unhealthy lunch. Contacted my boss, and she told me to turn my phone off and to stop working and just to enjoy my trip.
Who does that?
That is a blessing, that job, though it can be frustrating some days, it covered with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met, let alone my superiors.
Turned the phone off.
Laid down and took a nap for a few hours. You know, for not actually operating the plane, flying tends to take a lot out of you. That’s when the bride-to-be called. Of course I answered, not knowing what’d she’d say, I was only a few miles away from her.
She wanted to know if I could come to the rehearsal dinner. The problem that was created was that I had been invited to an ‘after party’ after the wedding and reception; it was for close friends. I’m thinking ‘rock on’, until I realized that due to prior obligations I was departing from BWI prior to the ‘after party’. Meaning, I would miss out on my friends. This bothered her to the point that she asked me to join them this evening. Slightly shocked I agreed to it, and took out along the avenues of Baltimore trying to find this eatery.
Let me tell you something about this wedding party:
I’m 6’5. In this group of folks…I was average.
The bride is 6’1, the groom is 6’8, the best man is 6’5 [barely out of high school], the brother of the bride is 6’6, the father is 6’5, and the list goes on. These are some crazy tall people [a very nice change for myself]. I wound up at a Japanese Steak House and sat down with the crew of people that for the most part, were my age.
I have never laughed so hard in my life. Every split second there was a joke coming out of someones’s mouth, shrimp flying across the room, my face hurt by the time I got my food because I was laughing so hard. It felt so good, and I was in with great, GREAT company. Hours went by and we had our laughs, and one at a time we started to leave. On my way out, I realized [thanks to the TSA] that I needed some supplies for tomorrow. Meaning, at least back home, I needed Wal-Mart. So thirty minutes later, and some miles covered I followed the maid of honor out to this vast Wal-Mart [THEY STILL HAVE MCDONALD'S IN THEIR WAL-MART'S!] While there, as noted above, I walked with this lady through the store getting supplies for myself and for her. It was enjoyable just talking and getting to know a random soul.
Interestingly enough, while explaining God’s grace involving a Camero and 1st Class tickets, I came across the divorce topic. That’s when I was shell shocked when this girl looked at me and said, “Oh! You’re the one [the bride] was talking about. She said not to mention anything to you about it, just not to say a thing, and you wouldn’t get hurt.”
That. Is. Compassion.
One way after another the people out here have demonstrated insane amounts of compassion to me, thanking me for coming out to see them. Thanking me? I’m honored to be invited to their wedding!
So far I’ve come to learn, as I continue to stretch my wings out a bit, is that there are some bad people in the world. However, three international airports, one hotel, a steakhouse, and everything else in between later…I’m struggling to find them.
As I close my eyes to the city of Baltimore, knowing I’ll be awaking to a snowy wonderland; I’m simply amazed at the undeserving, constant grace that God is continuing to provide for me.