The natural flavor of Life
Moses limped slowly towards his house of cream dollops and cakes,he was sixty one year’s old ,lean individual with a grouchy expression fixed permanently on his face ,it was as if he never could smile, his scanty grey hair flew over his forehead as he tread slowly on the streets of London.
It was half past eight as he reached the doors of his shop and slowly unlocked it, the glass was decorated with paintings of chocolate and cakes everything in his store seemed sweet except the owner, there was a chocolate fountain on the left of the counter and behind the counter were shelves filled with different kinds of chocolates arranged in beautiful packages.
A child’s dream world in short.His shop enclosed all kinds and flavors of chocolate, cake and ice cream .The cakes were arranged on a three tier circular table in one corner of the store behind the shelves to the right was a door which led to a bakery where the cakes were baked by professional bakers, moses himself being a Baker in his youth shared his best recipes only to the bakers in his bakery.
Many felt the reason for his grumpy disposition was his inability to savor the tasty products in his bakery being an ardent sweet connoisseur he missed savouring the delicacies in his store the reason being the receding insulin levels of his pancreas, in his youth it was his habit to relish everything he baked and enjoy a satisfying joy which filled his soul with peace that heavenly feeling is what he really missed in life.
One frosty morning a little girl came to his store she looked at him and smiled then said” Do the cakes you sell only look beautiful or do they taste so too?”
An angry moses took one of his favourite slices of cake and offered it to the girl ,the girl ate a small piece and left the shop saying that she would pay for that slice with a better cake the next day
Moses called her but she slipped away. The next day again she was back with a box of ice cream which she offered moses, he refused saying he couldn’t eat sweet she insisted and he tasted a bit he was overwhelmed beyond words the same soulful joy filled him “what is this?”
The girl replied “this is the sweetness of Nature!” Moses didn’t understand, the girl said”this icecream is made on my farm not only this even juices,cakes and chocolate too are made there,would you like to come and see?”
Moses looked at the girl arrogantly and said ” no I don’t believe you and I won’t come,go away girl don’t spoil my business ” the disappointed girl left but returned the next day with a slice of cake for moses, though tempted he refused to eat it saying it would affect his sugar levels, the girl smiled at him and said” This cake is made with beetroot, it is made with natural colors and flavors, just try it ,it will not harm you .
” A hesitant Moses ate the slice and relished it, it bought a smile on his face, it was so satisfying, he felt the same soulful joy and looked at the girl and said with tear filled eyes “you have made me relive my youth”
The happy girl said will you come to my farm now? Moses clasped her hands and the next moment they were in a wagon on their way to her farm, en route he came to know that the girl was called Maggie she lived in a farm along with her grandma and mother, her father passed away when she was five and her grandfather use to run a bakery behind the farm and would travel to nearby towns to sell his products at low prices.
unfortunately , he died a year ago and now the farm and bakery were being looked after by Maggie’s grandma and mother but they sold the products only to the local farmers as traveling to town was difficult for both the ladies.The specialty of the cakes and products made here was that they were made only with natural ingredients no artificial sweeteners or color.
When they reached the farm Moses introduced himself to Maggie’s mother and grandmother and said” I’ve tasted a few of your products and it’s so hard to believe you make these only with natural ingredients and fruit fibre no sugar ,how is it possible ,and why such pain and effort?” Grandma with tranquil look said”Mr.Moses ,mother’s love is pure and not contaminated ,even Nature’s love is also pure, why should we contaminate that bountiful and pure love with artificiality?
let us take what God has given us as it is; and pain it’s not pain it’s the love to provide healthy food to an unhealthy world, the power to cure lies in Nature; this is what my husband use to say and that is what we follow and anything which is pure and made with love is bound to taste good”
Moses felt enlightened he went back to his store he looked at all those cakes which he couldn’t eat he chipped off a bit of cake and tasted it he felt a bitter sweetness tingle his senses just then he saw Mr. Gordon his regular customer pass his store he beckoned him “Mr.Gordon won’t you drop in to collect your favorite cupcakes today?”
Mr.Gordin smiled back” sorry Mr.Moses I’ve got a bad tooth,too much of sweet, looks like I won’t be able to have anymore for some time” moses waved back and said ” no worries mr.gordon from next week I’ll be selling cupcakes which won’t affect your teeth, just make sure you pick up some” mr gordon looked happy” sure that’s the best thing to hear”.
Soon Moses went back to the farm and signed a contract with Maggie’s mother to provide him with a regular supply of all her confectionery and he himself never missed the satisfying soulful joy of the relishing Natural flavors of Life.