I found my tribe! I am in the Cinnabon Tribe. Seriously, here’s the deal:
Some back story: When I was young, I lived next door to an East Indian woman named Svarna who braided my hair, dressed me in saris, put a red Bindi dot on my forehead, fed me naan, and had a home full of wind chimes and exotic spices. It was heavenly and I was sure I was East Indian.
Here is a photo of me with Svarna, for whom I’ve actually been searching, and my school classmate, Kathy Salunkhe.
Fast forward to our last Enrichment Night at church, a monthly gathering of women where—this time—we had a get-to-know you activity, since we have so many new members. I’ve been friends with one of them, Brenda Shield, for a couple of years. She is from a reservation in Montana, but I never actually knew her tribe.
She stood up to show photos and tell about herself, and I thought I’d finally ask what tribe she is from.
“Cinnabon,” she said.
“Are you kidding me?” I shouted. “Cinnabon?!? I want to belong to that tribe!” My mind was whirling with ideas about how to finagle this. Also, do you get free Cinnabons if you are a card carrying honorary member?
Well, it turned out Brenda had said, “Assiniboine.” But she speaks softly, so what am supposed to do except jump to wild conclusions? Anyone—and I’m telling you, anyone—would think she said Cinnebon. At least if you have desserts on your mind 24/7, which I do.
I could hardly get to sleep that night. What if there are all kinds of tribes we’ve never heard of, wonderful secret tribes like the Coconut Cream Pie Tribe, or the Cheesecake Tribe, or the Cookie Dough Tribe?
St. Bob thinks no tribe will allow me within five miles of their land because they know I’ll come in and eat all their food.
I ignored him. “What if there’s a Lemon Bar Tribe? Or a Baby Lava Cake Tribe?”
I finally got so worked up I had to go downstairs and have an ice cream sandwich. Being an honorary Indian is going to involve some careful planning.
While I plan, you can visit my website, watch my videos, and order my books. And, okay, enjoy some desserts as you shop.