My friend Kim brings out my ornery side. Kim used to work in my school and is a master of good-natured teasing. So I learned to dish it right back. She especially loves slightly rude, earthy humor. I have given her silly presents (like a plastic reindeer that poops out brown jellybeans) and once made her a kitty litter cake (with tootsie roll "surprises") and they only endeared me to her even more. Last summer, I saw an unusual cupcake idea and just KNEW that I would make it for Kim. So I stuck a sticky note in my calendar and waited.
Kim's birthday was this week. There is a certain irony in her being born days before Valentine's Day, in the Season of Love. It makes her roll her eyes and make gagging sounds when this is mentioned. Friday I didn't have students, so some other friends and I invited Kim to come and have lunch with her. We provided the dessert.