Whisper: Light At The End Of The Tunnel

*As told to Kally anonymously.

Okay, I’m going anonymous here. Not because I have some terrible secret to hide but just the opposite, I actually have an inspiring story to share. But because of the circumstances surrounding the story and at the request of my family, we decided not to blow up this any bigger than it already have. We have already achieved our goal and is well into recovery. Our way to pay it forward is to tell our story, perhaps you can find some inspiration in it and restore some faith in humanity during these awful times. 

Now that I have said the disclaimer, let’s begin…

I am a baby boomer so you can guess how old I am. I inherited a small little bakery right behind my house. This little bakery was started from my great grandmama. And my grandmother inherited it. Then my mother inherited and passed it down to me. It has always been in the family.

You can tell it is very close to my heart. It is my childhood, my heritage and my past. We passed down recipes of our cakes and pies. With each hand, we improvise our recipes. 

Our little bakery weathered through natural disasters and economy downturn. But it couldn’t withstand SARS in 2003. Like it was fated to end in my hands. Nothing I could do as I see each day passing by with the bank foreclosing our little bakery.

I was extremely sad. I don’t want to get out of bed at all. But every morning, I forced myself to get up and bake those wonderful cakes, as if it was the last day in my little bakery. My heart couldn’t take the worries and stress. I had a minor stroke and had to be in bed for a few months.

SARS truly bring in my family closer. My children pooled their savings to keep our bakery from closing and soon, I started baking again.

My children and grandchildren had a meeting together and brainstorm ideas to save our bakery. We opened up a small area outside, placed some tables and chairs (we found in Red Cross and thrift shops) and started to serve cakes and tea in our neighbourhood. 

Somehow, one of my grandchildren start spreading the word in her workplace and bringing the free cakes that I have made (but nobody buys) to her workplace. Her colleagues love the cakes so I made more. And more. And more. I was happy that someone appreciate my cakes again.

One of her colleagues brought some of the cakes home to her parents who owns a few cafes. The parents came around to my little bakery and we agreed to supply them with our cakes. Another coworker of my granddaughter’s ordered cupcakes and wedding cake. Then her company ordered cakes to give to their clients when SARS ended.

Words get around and orders started pouring in. Within a year after SARS, we were able to pay off most of our bank loans. 

Now, I am no longer baking anymore. I have handed over my business to my daughter. Even during this pandemic, I can see how resilient she is, converting our little bakery online and selling them on e-commerce stores. She created jobs for her nephews too, by getting them to deliver everywhere for her. My grandson is helping out with the marketing while my granddaughter is also helping out the operations since both of them are laid off during this time. 

I’m happy that all well ends well for the little bakery. 

I hope by telling this story, many small business owners can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Nobody can stop you from dreaming, only yourself can choose to either wake up from a nightmare or continue to live your dreams.

Perseverance and positivity are the only things that keep us going during tough times. This Covid crisis like all economic crisis creates fear and uncertainty in everyone’s heart. But it (SARS and Covid) have made my family stronger and closer than before. And to me, someone whose one foot is already in the grave, family harmony is of most importance. And it is more that I can ask for.


To understand is to wear someone’s shoes, here are some stories that peek into someone else’s’ lives:
Whisper: I Am An Office Diva
Whisper: I exchanged my family for my career
Whisper: I’m 38 And I Still Live With My Parents

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48 Comments Add yours

  1. Wonderful story demonstrating the resilience of the human spirit.

    Liked by 6 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you. Hope it lift your spirit up.

      Liked by 3 people

      1. Excellent subject matter for a published book – something to consider.

        Liked by 2 people

  2. Simon says:

    Very Inspiring ✨😍 This is what happens when a positive mindset, attitude and ideas work together ✨ It sure is the light at the end of the Tunnel 😃. Thanks for sharing.. Have a wonderful weekend…🥳💐

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you, Simon. Have an awesome weekend and remember to stay safe.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Simon says:

        Thank you Kally, I sure will 🤗

        Liked by 1 person

  3. utesmile says:

    A very uplifting story showing that it can be done in tough times!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you! I enjoyed sharing her story too.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thanks, Gregory. Have a wonderful weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. smartdonnys says:

    This was a great read!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you and welcome to MiddleMe!

      Like

  5. Bryan Wagner says:

    In patience, compassion, and perseverance, we are equal to our own lives. For me things will resolve, perhaps not always the way I imagined, but they will resolve. Great post!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you, Bryan. Hope that you are having an amazing weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Great story… thanks for sharing this inspiring story… i love this part – “Nobody can stop you from dreaming, only yourself can choose to either wake up from a nightmare or continue to live your dreams.”

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you and welcome to MiddleMe, Bangon.

      Liked by 2 people

  7. Beautiful and encouraging testimony! Thank you for sharing!🥰👣

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      You’re most welcome!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Nabeela says:

    Nice story dear…. Touching and inspirational….

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you!

      Liked by 2 people

  9. Patty says:

    Truly an inspirational story. Thanks for sharing, dear author and dear Kally.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you, Patty. Hope you are doing well. Big hugs!

      Liked by 2 people

  10. What a beautiful tale about suffering and resilience. Well done to you and your family for ‘weathering a huge storm’ and I wish you all well.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Aaliyazoya says:

    Beautiful💖

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Wow. Inspiring.
    Where there is a will. There is a way indeed. 💯
    Thanks for sharing this Kally.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      You’re most welcome, Herry.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Mariana Gouveia says:

    História inspiradora e maravilhosa! Parabéns e muita força para você e sua família nesse período e sempre.
    Abraço

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you for your kind comment, Mariana and welcome to MiddleMe.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. francisashis says:

    Very inspiring indeed ,I am sure your lovely post of your great bakery will encourage many people to stay on with whatever they have instead of quitting. Thanks for sharing.Take care.🌹👍🙏

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you for your encouragement.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you for reading and commenting. Welcome to MiddleMe!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Allison says:

    Thanks for sharing. Thoughtful of you to put this up.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Hi Kally
    I Have Nominated you for Mystery Blogger Award on your great writing skills. Your blogs are inspiration to me and to other readers as well. its just a nomination but you definitely deserve more than that.
    May The Almighty always bless you with much more and my you always rise and shine.
    God bless you!
    Here is the link for the nomination
    https://hafizzeeshan.wordpress.com/2020/08/11/the-mystery-blogger-award/

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much for your graciousness and generosity. I am so honored to be nominated by you. God bless you.

      Like

  17. What a beautiful heartfelt story Kally. Perseverance is what we all need. Have an awesome, blessed week dear Kally! 💐🍂💐☕️☕️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      I’m glad you love the story and hope it will inspire you this week. Have a blessed week!

      Like

  18. Is there always light at the end of the tunnel……………..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      There is always light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how faint it may be.

      Like

      1. Thanks you dear thankyou

        Liked by 1 person

  19. How can i not see light

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      Don’t you want resolution?

      Like

      1. Ofcourse i want but ..how

        Liked by 2 people

        1. Kally says:

          I just drop you a message on your website.

          Liked by 1 person

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