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