• a Christian festival held on January 6 in honor of the coming of the three kings to the infant Jesus Christ
• a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way
What better day to start the final phase of "MAKING A MEMORY"?
Soooooo...after giving the cakes one last bourbon bath a few days ago, they were ready to be wrapped for delivery...
The list of suggestions for "random acts of fruitcakes" was, not surprisingly, quite touching and eclectic...
A mother wanted one to go to a son who is “on a positive path” as a “symbol of love, sweetness and support”.
A son wanted one to go to a “sainted Irish mother who raised 7 children” and "used to make fruitcakes every year until it got too much”.
Villagers wanted to honor the familiar faces, for whom we barely know a first name, but always make us feel warm and welcome at the Senior Center, the Nyack Center, the Nyack Library, the Nyack Farmers' Market, the Village Market, Grace Church and Johnnycakes; as well as the smiling faces who wave, sweep, share, hold doors, "hold court" and “brighten days” as we pass them on the street.
They wanted to reward the “tireless” among us; the ones who champion skateparks, preserve historic houses, rescue animals, create mobile shelters; the ones who lovingly lead, celebrate and explore every corner and cranny of our Village.
They wanted to recognize the elderly neighbor about to turn 100, the new neighbor and their tale of homelessness and the beloved neighbor who suffered unimaginable loss...
I received a note from an 8th grade teacher who also loves Capote, and regularly includes the "universal and timeless message" of “A Christmas Memory” in her curriculum. She wrote to say she hoped the fruitcakes would "bring smiles to the recipients and awake in them an awareness of their fellowmen”.
So there I stood on Epiphany, wrapping 31 cakes in brown paper and twine, smiling, awake and aware before I handed out a single one...
and the list of "random act of fruitcake" recipients is:
Kim, Shelly, Nicole & Shameta
and another Ruth
Bert & Chris
Steven & Karen
Tara & Donna
Gerry & Nick
Michael- since Michael no longer drinks, and these sure are boozy, I made him a loaf of homemade sour dough bread instead...
Which leaves me with one unspoken for fruitcake- and a little wiggle room for "random"...