Chocolate Cake

Image of chocolate cake with a fork.My dad’s student from the college, who’d come over for dinner, looked at me and said, “You can’t have any chocolate cake!” I was one. He thought he was making a pretty good joke. I burst into tears. While stammering his apologies, he almost burst into tears himself. My dad told this story forever. He would mimic us both: the student’s goofy “You can’t have any chocolate cake!”; my big “WAAAH!” It was his favorite cautionary tale: joking with babies when you yourself are but a baby, who understands nothing until, suddenly, facing the tears you’ve caused, you understand everything.




Jennifer Wortman is the author of the story collection This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love. She lives with her family in Colorado.

Photo Credit: Sarah Horrigan

2 Responses to “Chocolate Cake”

  1. Kathy Carroll says:

    Wonderful insight in a little gem of a story!

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