The cupcakes were still warm but she put the icing on anyway. There wasn't enough time for them to cool. She dressed Ella and gave her the small pink back pack to carry out the door. They had to catch a bus for the two hour bus ride to where she worked and the daycare was within walking distance. Ella could sleep on the way and she would try and get some rest as well. Yet she was always worried that she would fall into a deep sleep and miss the next two bus changes along the way. It was still winter and most mornings she felt really bad to have to take her baby out of a warm bed and into the cold early morning darkness.
She had no choice because Eddy had left her after she got pregnant. To pay for everything she worked long hours and travelled two hours morning and night to work. It left little time for anything else during the week.
She dropped Ella off at the day care and gave the container of cupcakes to one of the educators telling them that it was her birthday and she was hoping that they would make her feel a little special. She left with tears in her eyes because Ella deserved more.
The boss opened the plastic container to see that the icing had dripped, the little cakes had been tossed around during the long trip and everything was a mess. She said to throw them out because they were not fit to eat. One of the educators waited for her to leave and took it upon herself to go against orders. She fix up the icing on the little cakes so that Ella would have her celebration. She knew that the little girl was looking forward to feeling special on her birthday and so she had the whole classroom celebrate by singing and turning it into a party. She also knew that the mother had made the effort to get up early that morning to try and make her daughter happy. That was worth getting into trouble with her employer.
What would you have done?