Saturday afternoon the mother drove to the bakery in the shopping center. After looking through a loose-leaf binder with photographs of cakes taped onto the pages, she ordered chocolate, the child’s favourite. The cake she chose was decorated with a spaceship and a launching pad under a sprinkling of whie stars. The name SCOTTY would be iced on in green as if it were the name of a spaceship.

Raymond Carver – The Bath (in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love)

Carver wrote this story twice. First as The Bath, published in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love in 1981, then as A Small, Good Thing in the collection, Cathedral, two years later.

Tomorrow I’ll read A Small, Good Thing.