Have you ever had a bad experience that shook your faith in the good of mankind?
Well, so did Nerine aka Girl With Cake. But then she started baking and giving cakes to those who had very little sweetness in their lives. Here’s her story in her own words:
I bake cakes (that are mostly a little over-indulgent) for strangers who deserve a little extra love – from people who are homeless to people who are dealt a tough blow in life yet still persevere to people who just inspire me by being kind, wonderful and hard-working. In short, I guess, I’m trying to spread love through cake.
I had a bit of a run-in with people a while ago that left me very untrusting. For a while I felt that people in general were probably just bad. Until I ran into a former creative director of mine who said that if you stop seeing the good in other people, you’ll lose the ability to be good yourself. Long story short, this is what got me to the point where I felt I had to show unconditional love in the best way I know how – by baking for people. I hoped that blogging about it would show others that all news isn’t negative and people aren’t all bad. And I hoped it would encourage others to reach out in their own unique way too.
The story that had the biggest impact on me is actually one where the guy who got the cake didn’t have an emotional reaction at all. It was with the sixth cake. His name was Joseph. He was from Kenya and he hadn’t eaten in two days.
What happened after I gave him the cake left me thinking about how different our lives are. And how lucky I am to be able to worry about living well, when someone like Joseph is worried about living.
If you want to know more about the Girl With Cake, check out her blog (www.girlwithcake.co.za) or tune in on Friday, 11 April, @11:10 when Eloise will be talking to her on Smile 90.4FM.