In the car on the way home from preschool today, L’il Buddy started screaming about a rainbow to the point where he was inconsolable.
The worst part of it was that neither I nor the girls had any clue what he was talking about.
“Did you make a rainbow at school today?” I asked. Nope (communicated via a furious head shake).
“Did you see a rainbow when you went to the playground?” Chatterbox asked. Nope.
“TURN AROUND MOM! TURN AROUND!” Chatterbox started yelling – “MAYBE THE RAINBOW IS BEHIND US!!”
I was tired from a day of running around all over town and we were almost late to Giggles’ ballet class. I was so not turning around.
Thankfully Giggles stepped in (with her level-headed 6 year-old self): “Maybe he would like a rainbow cake like the one we made for [Chatterbox]‘s birthday party last summer.”
“A rainbow cake!” I said. “That we can do – let’s make a rainbow cake tonight, ok?” The idea was met with an enthusiastic head nod and he wiped the tears from his cheeks.
Phew. A temporary moment of peace. I cannot stand hollering when I am driving. It makes me nuts. And I was 110% certain that he would completely forget about it by the time we got home.
As soon as he ate his last spoonful of rice, he said: “Time to make the rainbow cake now, Mom?”
“Absolutely!” I said.
I’m a big fan of not letting kids down because it’s their endless hope and dreams that make children magical. And so a rainbow cake was in the works. I found a box of Red Velvet cake mix in the pantry (Nice! Red is totally part of the rainbow!) but was stumped about how to pull off the other 6 colors. From the way back of the fridge I rustled up a 3/4 full can of ready-made frosting (those things don’t really expire, right?) … but it was Strawberry flavored and therefore pink. This was looking more like a Planet Mars cake than a rainbow one.
And then I remembered the forgotten bag of candy Easter eggs that they had lugged back from Miami…which then reminded me of the forgotten mini bags of Gobstoppers from Halloween…which led to…
A MIGHTY FINE RAINBOW CAKE THANKYOUVERYMUCH.