Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Having Your Cake and Eating it Too

by Sparkle Starr
by Jacklyn Brady 

You can't have your cake and eat it, too. That's what they say, anyway. And I guess it's true. If you really think about it, I mean. Like, you can't hang onto your money and buy nice things. Or you can't have a great job and still have lots of free time. You gotta give up one to have the other, right? So what's up with Edie Bryce these days? The way she's acting, you'd think she'd never heard that saying. 

If you haven't met Edie yet, let me tell you a little bit about her. She's the office manager at Zydeco Cakes, the high-end bakery in New Orleans where we both work. I'm a cake artist. She's the one who keeps the rest of us on schedule. She's also going to have a baby, which, honestly, came as a big shock to the rest of us. As far as I knew, Edie's never even been on a date. And then bam! Baby on board. 

The thing is, Edie's not talking about it much. Not about the important things, anyway. Like who the kid's father is. Not that it's any of my business. Edie's made that crystal clear. She's also made it clear that she doesn't need his help raising the kid. Which I think is pretty selfish. Not that she cares what I think.

So excuse me for caring about the baby. The way Edie acts about it, you'd think I was trying to talk her into shaving her head and walking down the street nekkid. Which is so overreacting. I'm just trying to help. 

Because the thing is, I know what it's like to grow up with questions about who you are and where you come from. It's not cool. At all. Not that I spend my days moping around about my past or anything. I turned out okay. It's just that I think that if you have a chance to do it right, you should take it. Right? 

That's all I'm saying. 

Not that anybody's listening. Especially not Edie. 

So she's got plans. She's gonna raise this baby on her own and have her career and keep her freedom and . . . whatever. And I think she's in for a big surprise when the baby gets here. But what do I know? 

Maybe she'd listen to someone else. Anybody have any advice for her? 


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1 comment:

  1. Edie, if you don't want to have that man in your life, that is your decision, don't let people sway you. But you will find out it is hard to raise a child on your own, especially if you are working fulltime or more. So, get a list of reliable baby sitters, and a good childrens doctor in advance.