Life, gratitude, and pie

14 Jul

Life feels so strange right now.  Just last Sunday my husband and I drove our daughter, Alexandra, to the airport so that she could get on a plane that would take her to Denmark.  Alexandra has flown to Denmark many times before, but this time was different in one big way: she did not have a return ticket.  She has gone to Denmark to work for e-conomic, an online accounting company.  She was an intern with this company for one year and will be working with their clients in the United Kingdom.

I know this is a pretty awesome gig for a new graduate and I am very proud of what Alexandra has accomplished.  I guess I just wish that Europe was a bit closer.  It’s hard to find yourself with an empty nest and realize that your little birds are hundreds… or thousands of miles away.  That’s a long way for a mama bird to fly to give a hug… or cook a meal.  And a part of me is finding that a little bit of a challenge.

On a brighter note, a week or so ago I was honored to be interviewed by Nadine Natour from National Public Radio.  It seems that NPR had decided to do a week-long segment about pies… and I was lucky enough to share a part of my pie journey.  It was really surreal to be included in their story… and even more fun to have friends across the country tell me that they heard me on their radio.  What a thrill!

Another bright spot in the last few weeks was having a chance to meet with representatives from Guanajuato, Mexico during their visit to Ashland for the 4th of July celebration.  As you may recall from one of my previous posts, the Ashland Rotary Club has worked to raise money to help the poor people of Guanajuato and when we visited that city in May, I saw Francesca, a young girl that we met five years before. It was a very happy moment for me because it was clear that our work had made a difference in her life.

Enrique, one of the Guanajuato representatives, told me that he would see Francesca and if I wanted to send her a card or letter, he would deliver it for me. And so the night before he left Ashland, I brought Enrique a small gift for Francesca – and yesterday I received an email from him with a couple of photos.  Clearly Francesca was delighted to be remembered!

What has all this to do with pies?  Well, not much I guess.  But since I was overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude I was definitely in a pie baking mood.  Yesterday, while I was baking a Strawberry Rhubarb pie, my friend Maylee sent me a message that she had play tickets and asked if I wanted them.  Of course I did!  And suddenly I knew that a warm Strawberry Rhubarb pie was going to go home with Maylee.  It was my way to thank her for her friendship and thoughtfulness.

And today… I made another pie.  This one was for Marian, a 93-year-old lady from church who was the only person who seemed upset that I had not brought her a pie during my “year of pies.”  I’ve thought about that for a while and felt that it  was about time to correct that situation.  Think about it… if it was within your power to make someone happy, with such a simple gesture,  wouldn’t you want to do so?

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.  ~John E. Southard

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. — Thornton Wilder

4 Responses to “Life, gratitude, and pie”

  1. maylee July 14, 2012 at 11:55 PM #

    My kids and I are absolutely delighted that we were the beneficiaries of this unbelievable strawberry rhubarb pie, which I confess is even better than my grandmother used to make. And could that lady cook! She was the one who taught me how to cook and sew when I was little. (Well, young, at least.) BTW, digging into your pie was the most excited I’d seen my son in I don’t know when. LOL.

    You are such a gift to our community, Karen! I love your spirit and being witness to your continued acts of generosity. You don’t just make the world better one pie at a time but in all that you do, which is considerable. We all could learn from this.

    • pieadaygiveaway July 15, 2012 at 7:16 AM #

      Maylee, I am so glad that you liked the pie… And am happy that your kids were there to share it with you. It made me smile to imagine your son digging into the pie!
      Maylee, I want to thank you for all that YOU do … and want you to know that I honored to call you my friend.

  2. Connie July 15, 2012 at 6:02 PM #

    Oh, Karen my heart goes out to you sending Alex off… Such a sad and exciting thing all rolled into one. You have raised a couple of wonderful children. Such independence and confidence. I know you are so proud! You have set such an incredible example! I am sending hugs your way!

    • pieadaygiveaway July 17, 2012 at 6:55 AM #

      Thank you Connie. I know that the kids are fine…and am proud. Just getting used to the new role. Thanks also for the hugs! Please give one to Mark for me…

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