The espresso machine needs the dregs drawer emptied before making another cup. During the process, it occurred to me that this was Saturday, so I should be getting a prompt from Linda Hill’s blog. Waiting for my first cup had my mind spinning with the possibilities of what that prompt could be. Having a hot, steaming cup of joe in my hand while waiting would just be icing on the cake. Finally, it was ready, and my first instinct was to breathe in the vapors to capture that godlike aroma that only fresh brewed coffee can deliver.
The first sip had me looking out the back, anticipating a falling safe or an ACME rocket. Three more sips and nothing. It was time to go to the front. I checked the Ring camera, and there was no motion or anything else recorded. The image on my phone looked like it was taken underwater. Glancing at my watch gave me cause for concern. The prompt should have been here by now. Another sip, and I had to venture outside to double-check.
Opening the front door became a challenge in that the lock appeared to be frozen. First, a sip and then a hard pull to free the door. The door came open, and I was treated with a sheet of ice. A manila envelope and a cake were stuck to the ice, obviously placed against the door before the water froze. Speaking of water. Where did it all come from? Yes, the temperature was below freezing, but that did not explain all the ice.
Chipping the ice freed the envelope. I grabbed it, left the frozen cake, and slammed the door. Ripping the envelope open, I found a message. Here is what it said. “Your prompt for #JusJoJan and my very first birthday-Stream-of-Consciousness-Saturday is: “icing on the cake.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the phrase “icing on the cake.” Enjoy!” There was also a little party hat that said Happy Birthday, Linda Hill.
If you want to enjoy and wish Linda a Happy Birthday, visit her blog. Here is the link.
Icing on the Cake by John W. Howell © 2022
“So that was the first thing that came to mind? Frozen water on a cake?”
“I hate to say it but, yes.”
“Some have wondered about your thought process. So now I join them.”
“Why? What would you think of first.?”
“Birthday cake with frosting.”
“if the prompt was ‘frosting on the cake’ then I would agree.”
“It’s an idiom.”
“Who’s an idiot?”
“An idiom, you idiot.”
“Oh, what’s that?”
“A group of words with grouped usage that together mean something that the separate words do not convey.”
“You sound like a dictionary.”
“How about an example?”
“Well, take ‘Icing on the Cake.’ It means something added that makes things better. The cake is good and on its own would suffice but add some icing, and it’s perfect.”
“Icing makes my teeth hurt.”
“Okay, but you get the idea, right?”
“Yeah, I get it.”
“So why so literal with frozen water on cake?”
“I just thought it would be funny. Like describing lite beer as carbonated defrost.”
“Let’s stop there because I can build a segway with your last statement.”
“A transportation device?”
“No, an intro into a new subject as in ‘How bout you and I go and drink some beer?'”
“Great subject, and you got that off my carbonated defrost statement?”
“You said the magic word.”
“Correct as usual, King Friday.”
“Mr. Rogers right?”
“Icing on the cake. Let’s go.”