Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cupcake Love - A Thank You Gift

We've all had parties or gatherings where the beloved cupcake has made an appearance. These fun, compact bites of goodness can be decorated in oh so many ways, but the challenge comes in their transportation. There are tons of containers created specifically for this purpose, but some how, some way they never quite worked for us.

Then one day I came across a blog (can't remember which one) that suggested placing the cupcakes in clear cups and plastic wrap. Why did I not think of this before?? Genius!!! Such a cute idea, so easy to transport and makes a neat little "thinking of you" gift! You can even attach a note with a special message on the stick (which also comes in handy to get the cupcake out of the cup). Can you imagine the smile on a co-worker's face if one of these little guys showed up on her desk? What about a teacher, the mailman or even the lady behind the counter at the dry cleaners? Cupcake love is a neat way to show others you care.

Several days ago our complex had the roof shingles replaced. Notices were placed around the grounds to be cautious of falling tiles and debris as we entered our common areas. My first thought? Oh, this is going to be a mess! Ten buildings, not a lot of parking and things flying off the roof? Yikes!

One by one each roof was repaired, but I noticed something very different about this job. The workers were taking great care in what they were doing. We've had many crews come in for updates and maintenance over the years, but this group was different. Shrubs and bushes were carefully draped with canvas to protect the plants, yellow caution tape surrounded the areas that might be unsafe, plywood sheets covered windows that were near "throw zones" and any time we needed to enter our apartment we were greeted with the utmost of graciousness.

But the most amazing thing came at the end of the day...you would never have known they were there! Actually, the place looked better than before! Sidewalks were swept, mulch was arranged and I swear even the pine straw looked as if someone had fluffed the needles!

The guys were here for about a week and each day their dedication showed through. We wanted to thank them somehow to let them know the hard work they gave was much appreciated. Mom suggested making cupcakes to take during their break so we asked the foreman if that would be okay. "What? You want to give us cupcakes?" He looked as if he were in shock. "Ma'am, no one has ever done this for us before. In the 15 years I've been in construction no one has ever said thank you. Thank you so much for thinking of us!"

My heart sank. No one had EVER thanked them? This simple act of thankfulness was so rarely received that the foreman wanted to take a picture of us and the crew together...holding our cupcakes (: He said our gift was so kind that he wanted to send the photo to show his boss because he would never believe him. You never know what simple cupcake love can do (:

How often do we go about our day without even considering those around us? Have we become so consumed by our own world that we've lost touch of relating to others? It's so easy to see those in a service role as just someone doing a job...maybe that's why customer service isn't the same as it used to be.

So the next time you're out and about and notice someone that needs a lift or is doing a good job, offer encouragement, give a smile...or maybe even a cupcake (:



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24 comments:

  1. Great post, Michele. Happy Friday! La

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  2. I would definitely be impressed by a crew that took such care with their work. And cleaned up after themselves. That certainly does not happen around here.

    It sure seems that folks have expectations these days and don't feel the need to say thank you for what they expect to be done. Everyone seems to be rushing to nowhere and forget common courtesies along the way.

    Wishing you many blessings and a beautiful weekend. :) Tammy

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  3. Adorable cupcake idea, and great story-sad that no one thanks them, but great that you did! Love your blog! New follower here!

    www.ahouseofboys.blogspot.com

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  4. What a great story! Amazing what a gift of gratitude will do! I'm sure they will share this story for YEARS to come! Kudos to you:)

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  5. Loooved your post sooo much! It actually made me tear up...I think for two reason's. One, my McGiver is a house painter and he prides himself on how he treats his clients homes inside and out...always trying to leave it better than when he arrived and I'm not talking about his painting...and two, my son is in construction and your act of kindness to these men would have touched my son's heart too, thank YOU for noticing how wonderful these guys are!!! Big hugs, Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

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  6. This idea is super cute! I'm saving the link for the near future...for sure!

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  7. This is such a darling idea. Thank you for sharing

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  8. Construction workers have such a stereotypically negative image the world over (certainly so in the UK) so it's good to hear of builders doing their job well. They won't be forgetting your act of kindness and thanks in a hurry :) You made a difference.

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  9. Your cupcake love would brighten anyone's day~ love that your roofers were treated :-)

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  10. Giving thanks - making someone's day - doing the right thing...thank you for sharing this story. Love the presentation of your cupcakes, by the way.
    Hugs,Beth

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  11. Thanks for your wonderful thought on giving thanks. We all need to be more conscious of that. Love the cupcake transportation idea. I hate it when something beautiful is ruined in the transport. These look so cute all wrapped up snug.

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  12. That story made me smile! You must have made their day! I'm so glad you thought of them and rewarded them with such a special thanks. This will definitely help me to think more of those around me and how I can say thank you for all the kind things going on in the world!

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  13. Love it! Thank You for sharing and have a blessed week :)

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  14. Great idea. It was wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  15. omg I had to have my dh read this, he is a general contractor he can tell stories of how rude people can be.
    What did you did is short of amazing :)
    Maggie
    http://passionatelyartistic.com

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  16. Cute idea! And too true about customer service!

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  17. My dh used to be in construction and at the end of the day they left everything pristine! He got lots of referrals because of that!
    I always bake for my garden helpers. They are always happy to have it as well as the cold drinks we provide. Treat others as you would like to be treated...:)
    The cupcakes look wonderful!

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  18. Love this idea! Also, Thanks for being my newest follower! :-D

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  19. Completely adorable and that story is amazing. ughhh. So sad. And good for you for being so thoughtful.

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  20. They are darling. I think I am going to make some and wrap up for my kid's teachers. They always deserve a little "thank you"

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  21. What a neat story-that was so nice of you! I'm so excited to read your post-I was just thinking about cupcakes for my girls' teachers but had no clue how to get them to school without getting smooshed-this is so perfect!!! Thanks!

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  22. Great story and great tip for the cupcakes.

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  23. I love the idea for decorating and transporting cupcakes. What a wonderful story! And what an inspiration, showing that small acts of kindness can mean so much! I'm your newest follower.
    http://RaisingFigureSkaters.com

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  24. What a cute gift idea! Really, who wouldn't have their day made by receiving one of these? :)

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