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A LONG LONG ROAD A-WINDING


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Dr Advice and Panda

The daughter of a friend called me and wanted me to make a wedding cake topper for her parent’s 50th anniversary. My God, I thought. She surely doesn’t want me to make a little bride and groom to sit on top of a traditional wedding cake. Then she made the request more interesting by saying I could use my imagination wherever it led me.

Fifty years in a marriage or anything else is a long time, and yes, it is a journey on the road of Life. The gentleman in question was a race car driver, the wife a fellow artist, so I decided to do a small automobile with the bride and groom inside embarking on their honeymoon. A friend of theirs in Southern California had volunteered to make the wedding cake, so I contacted her to see what she had in mind. Together we planned a three tiered cake on which she would design a road winding to the top with various mementoes of important periods of their lives together. This culminated at the top where the little car would reside The only problem was that I would not see the cake until the night of the reception. We finally had no choice and decided to wing it and trust to luck. The grand night arrived and Glory be! it was a great success!

This gave birth to a series of small cars, personalized for family members and several of them made as wedding gifts for dear friend’s children. Flushed with success I didn’t imagine it could end, I envisioned a fleet of Ferrari’s, Mazerati’s and even a pickup truck. One of the last little cars was destined for a special young friend and her groom-to-be so I took particular care with details. It wasn’t until it was fired and boxed up that we discovered it had no steering wheel!

Well I guess they will be coasting dreamily through life, and that isn’t too bad.

rear view car

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10 comments on “A LONG LONG ROAD A-WINDING

  1. Yes, good on yer, Kayti. The last thing one needs in life is a steering wheel or a map really. I have often seen the most meticulously planned and mapped out marriages suffering dreadful marital whiplash. One tragic case, both impaled on a steering wheel made of marshmallow. She was sitting on his lap!
    Can you believe it?

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  2. Wonderful little car. I love how you’ve captured him holding his hat. The cake sounds marvellous. Brilliant idea of yours !! x

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  3. Delightful story and delightful little car. Clever you.

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  4. I believe Sara and Don have one of these little cars, don’t they? Didn’t you make one for their wedding present? I think it is a white…adorable.

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  5. What a clever idea. The car would have been delightful enough, but combined with the road climbing to the top – just perfection. The details are wonderful – holding the hat, the flowing scarf, the little heart emblem on the front. And they both look so happy! It made me smile to just to look at it.

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