Apple Crumb Crust Pie
This pie journey has introduced me to many people that I might not otherwise have met. About four months ago I gave a pie to Adam Walker Cleaveland and his wife Sarah. It was the day that our congregation was to vote to confirm Adam as our new Associate Pastor and I thought that in the stress of that moment, this couple deserved a pie whichever way the vote went. Fortunately for us, he was voted in.
Afterwards Adam shared with his readers (he writes a blog called Pomomusings) that a lady at his new church had given him a pie. And what a wonderful response came back from his last church… they were so pleased to see how much we appreciated Adam and Sarah. It was a lovely beginning for us all.
Just a week or so ago I received an email from a man named Don. He knows Adam from the last church he was in and he told me that he’d been following my blog since he’d heard about it from him. Don asked if I would please consider bringing a pie to his cousin, Wink who lives in Ashland. Don told me that when he was a teenager, his father got a job in San Francisco. That year, Don moved to California from New Jersey and lived with his aunt and uncle while his brothers and Mom stayed back in New Jersey to sell and pack up the house. During that time, Don shared a room with his cousin, Wink.
Don said that that year in California was his best year in high school. I can imagine how it could easily have been the most difficult – with a new living situation and being separated from his family, but it seems that his aunt and uncle and cousins welcomed him with open arms, and that made all the difference.
Tonight I delivered an Apple Crumb Crust Pie to Don’s cousin, Wink. I hope that she knows how much it meant to Don to have been treated so well by her family. It is a gift he will never forget.
What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. ~George Eliot