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The Sugar Babies

Laughter, friendship, baking, and loss. Ages 15+

The Sugar Babies

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Ollie calls everyone ‘sugar,’ which can sound a little old-fashioned, maybe, but that was Ol. Her mom picked up on it. A few years ago, when we were twelve, we had gotten a little carried away with our wet and dry ingredients in her kitchen; flour and sugar and oil was everywhere—on the floor, across the counters, in our hair and on our clothes and our faces, even. Aunt Lorraine came in and kind of froze at the sight. You could tell, she was more than a little mad. But after a few startled seconds, she started laughing and leaned her hand on the cold stainless steel of her refrigerator door and she just laughed until she cried. I think I would have cried, too, honestly. We had just stood there, frozen. But she was smiling through her tears and she finally said, “Goodness me, my sugar babies! Fix us somethin’ sweet for dessert, ya hear? And Ol, love, ya know where the broom is.”

With that, she had left the kitchen, probably headed to the living room to put her feet up. Evy and Ol and I had stared at each other until we started giggling and Ollie had exclaimed excitedly, “The sugar babies!”

And so our identities and our love for baking had been fused forevermore.

 



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