It was an 18-inch silver plateau, the kind we put five tier cakes on. This particular one had been missing for almost four months.
She was very thoughtful to bring us the stand and I thanked her profusely. You see, she was not one of our brides.
She explained that her wedding reception had been held down the street at one of the historic mansions back in July and a friend had done her cake. Somehow our stand (which had been used the day before for another wedding) was placed in a box with her friend's "stuff" and she didn't realize the stand was not hers until recently. Luckily our name and address were attached to the underside of the stand, so she brought it us.
We have three similar stands, and have had only two for months, but I thought we were always just a week behind getting stands returned. It never occurred to me that it was the same stand missing all this time.
The opposite of the good bride?
Well, that would be the woman who ordered a birthday cake for last week and insisted that it be placed on a silver cake stand. We only had one wedding last week, so we had stands available.
She called today to inform us she was too busy to bring it back and would mail it to us from Birmingham "when she got around to it."
At least she called.
I guess we're going to have to act all corporate and start taking deposits and credit card numbers when our cake stands go out.
It was so much more pleasant when we could just trust people to act like responsible grown-ups.