Chocolate Cherry Cake

This Chocolate Cherry Cake is a variation of the Lemon Lime Cake I baked recently for a co-workers birthday. And everyone loved that so much they asked for the recipe right there, which I gladly shared. Then they all began dreaming up variations--this Chocolate Cherry Cake is one of them.

1 pkg Dark Fudge cake mix
eggs, oil, and water per package directions
1 pkg, 4 serving size Black Cherry gelatin
1 cup of hot water, 1 cup of cold water per package directions
1 pkg, 4 serving size Chocolate instant pudding
1 cup of milk
12 oz Cool Whip, thawed

Bake chocolate cake in a 13" x 9" pan according to the package directions.
With a straw or fork poke holes in the top of the cake.
Mix black cherry gelatin with hot water, then cold water according to the package directions.
Spoon evenly over the chocolate cake until all the jello is used. Cover and refrigerate the cake.
Mix chocolate instant pudding with 1 cup of cold milk (not the 2 cups indicated on the package).
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Problems and Sacrifices

I was talking to my friend Elizabeth recently and she brought up the book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. I don't remember how that actually came about. I think I was telling her about my (ex) husband Brian and the way he talks a problem to death. I don't do that. If I have a problem, I don't want to talk about it. I want to figure it out on my own.

"You should read that book," she said. "It talks about masculine and feminine traits and the different ways men and women solve problems. See, in your relationship, you're the masculine and he's the feminine."

I blinked at her.

"I mean how you solve or approach problems. Greg is like that to. If he has a problem, he wants to talk about it. He 'goes to the well.' He talks it out and that's how he comes to a solution. When I have a problem I go into my 'man cave' to sort things out. That's you."

"I get it," I said. "Which just kind of shows, I …

Gone at 17

I'm not quite done with you
I have a few things to say
no, I'm not mad at you
I'm not going to lecture
I want to ask why, and yet I know all the
possible reasons
and none of them is good
not one is good
whether by accident or design

No one can sleep well now
and how do I tell my
grieving son and daughter
it will be okay?
It won't.

Still, you are celebrated
and loved
and remembered.
As it should be.

Eternal rest grant unto them, oh Lord.

And let perpetual light shine upon them.