Pat and I spent 3 years of high school sitting in the same math class. While I meticulously wrote out the assigned book problems every night, Pat decided to do other things and copied other people’s homework during lunch the following day instead. Somehow, we still earned similar grades on all of the exams… (Not fair!)
But on the first day of Calculus our senior year, Pat turned to me and whispered, “If I do my homework every day this semester, will you bake me a cake?”
“Yes!” I whispered back. “What kind?”
“Funfetti. With vanilla frosting.”
“Okay, it’s a deal.”
For the next 4½ months, Pat showed me his homework each morning before passing it up the row for Mr. Dixon to collect. Since we had Calc before lunch, I knew it wasn’t copied—he didn’t have time before school because of his early morning swim practices!
On the day of the final, I presented him with an extra large cardboard shoebox. Inside lay the cake: funfetti, vanilla frosting, and even more sprinkles on top! (The deal only lasted for that semester though… His senioritis kicked in during the spring!)
So… When Pat invited me to see a Giants game last weekend, I knew I had to bake something to thank him and his family. (Especially because baseball is my favorite sport!) Since cake doesn’t travel too well to a stadium, I went with super soft funfetti cookies instead!
P.S. I taught Pat and his roommate to bake this apple pie last spring. It was their first time baking something from scratch!