I looked up from the morning paper this morning on my subway ride to work. We must have been near Columbia University. A young woman with a bob of red hair and thin, square glasses that made her look as if she stepped right out of an underground comic book, got on the train and stood above me. She was wearing a black t-shirt with white lettering: "Make Cupcakes Not War."
That’s mad corny, I thought to myself and went back to my paper. A little while later, I put the paper away and took out my headphones when I looked down and noticed that the girl had a tatoo of a cupcake on the top of her right foot. She was wearing flip flops and the tatoo was beautifully done. The cupcake had pink frosting and a red cherry on top. The girl’s toes were painted yellow, her fingernails, pink.
I couldn’t resist so I stood up a minute before I was to get off the train, pulled off my headphones and asked her if she was a baker.
"What’s with the cupcakes?"
She smiled and looked down. "My roommate and I just love cupcakes. We make them all the time. It’s a little weird, really."
"No, that’s cool. I guess you guys are big fans of Magnolia."
"Naw. We make much better cupcakes at home."
With that I excused myself and headed off to work.