I enjoy fruitcake. There…I said it.
Don’t get me wrong–I completely understand why people don’t like fruitcake. Some hate the little jellied cherries, some dislike the nuts or raisins, or maybe just the combination of ingredients. But I like fruitcake.
My mom used to make fruitcakes around the holidays–maybe that’s the connection. For me, eating fruitcake reminds me of some great family holiday time, growing up in a large family such as mine. It was something that happened in our house every year. Over time perhaps, I came to recognize the fruitcake as just a part of the holiday festivities and something my mom did for us. Even later, after I’d moved out, gotten married, and started my own family, mom would send me some of her fruitcake around the holidays. No one would dare touch it–nor did they want to. But no matter, I enjoyed it every time. My brothers and sister never developed the same taste for fruitcake as I did. So, it sort of became my thing. Even my wife and kids, to this day, have no interest in the fruitcake.
The comedian Jim Gaffigan incorporates fruitcake into part of his monologue….he talks about it, wondering to himself why it is so disliked…he muses that “fruit is good…cake is great….fruitcake = nasty crap”…
Truthfully, fruitcake can be an analogy for many things in life. We all have stories, we all come from various walks of life, each with our own unique qualities. Separately, we are all various “ingredients” if you will indulge my thought. But together, we create something. Putting together a great team of people is very similar to making a fruitcake. And with the right combination of ingredients, something unique and yet wonderful can happen, in your home, your company, your team.
Yeah, I know, it’s not a really deep concept, but it works. And besides, we’re in the holiday season–so please excuse the shallow nature of this short prose. I hope you’ve had a great year in 2014, and here’s to an even better 2015. Happy holidays, enjoy some fruitcake, and thank you for reading my posts!