August 13, 2008

Peace offering

We had a small emergency at home two weekends ago when an exposed portion of water pipe broke. My husband shut off the main valve and called me because I was still at work, and I managed to get hold of our plumbers who came home with me and they replaced the damaged section. Later that evening, our Korean neighbors called on us with a Mango Cream Cake from Red Ribbon. Turns out that the young children staying with them for several months were so intrigued by the coconuts on our tree (the adults said they don't have coconut trees in Korea), they started throwing stones to try to get one of the coconuts to fall. Of course, they missed and hit the pipe instead. The kids were too scared to tell me or my husband and waited for the adults to get home so they could talk to us. They also offered to pay for the repair. That was very nice of them and of the children. The kids could easily have said nothing and no one would have known. But they knew they were responsible and felt bad about what happened, and even though they were scared, they still admitted their mistake. I'm so proud of them.

Mango Cream Cake from Red Ribbon

14 comments:

Boise Diva said...

What a yummy-looking cake. Most kids break a window when they try those tricks. A broken window is really not a big deal, a broken pipe sure can be! Did you give them a coconut?

ken mac said...

what great neighobors. Good bakers too!

Layrayski said...

What nice kids. Not so nice that they broke the pipe but good enough to admit to their mistakes. Not very easy to do.

Red ribbon as a peace offering, is not bad. YUmmy! And as boise diva said, did you give them a coconut? :)

Hilda said...

Um, no. I don't know how to get them down from the tree. That thing's high!

Laurie said...

What thoughtful kids! And what a yummy looking treat. What are you trying to do to those of us who haven't had breakfast yet? :-)

Ken said...

Kids will be kids. As long as there are coconuts,apples or whatever they will take aim. I did it and broke windows;)

marley said...

No wonder you don't blame them, that is a yummy looking cake!

CrazyCow said...

Good to hear there are still decent people in the world.

It's not the mistake you make that matters (cos everyone makes mistakes), but rather how you deal with it.

These children have learned a very valuable life lesson, and should be really proud of themselves.

Buck said...

Nice neighbours - accidents will happen, and it's good they know enough to be forthright about it.

Mu Mum had me climb a coconut palm to get her some coconuts when we went back to her home in the Bahamas. They are high!

Kumpulan Terbuang said...

I want a piece of it..

Per Stromsjo said...

A heartwarming story with a happy end, then.

And like Kumpulan Terbuang I'd want a piece as well!

Olivier said...

Hummmm....je suis trop gourmand....j'adore tous les gâteaux....

Hummmm .... I'm too greedy .... I love all cakes ....

• Eliane • said...

They handled this better than some adults would. ;) A bringing a cake is smart!

Ming the Merciless said...

They are good, honest kids indeed.

Their parents definitely taught them well.