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Day 309: Amy

9 Feb

Apple Pie

Last evening while I shopped for groceries, I bought some granny smith apples.  It seems like a long time since I’ve made a fruit pie and I was happy to be doing that today.  There is something so relaxing about peeling and slicing apples; it takes a bit of concentration but you can also let your mind wander a bit.  Today as I peeled and sliced,  I began to think of Amy, the person I was making this pie for.

We met when my son and her daughter were on the Nordic ski team together at Ashland High School.  I remember we had driven to Eugene for a meet and were staying at the house of some folks associated with the Eugene team.  Isn’t that amazing?  These folks let the whole group of us (kids, parents, and coaches) camp out in their house so that we would not have to spend money on lodging.  That spirit of cooperation and camaraderie is one of the best things about being associated with the Nordic team.  Another is getting to meet people like Amy who are enthusiastic, involved, and supportive of their kids endeavors.

It had been a while since I’d seen Amy and I hoped to surprise her at work with this pie.  Unfortunately, I arrived after Amy had left early for an appointment.  Her co-worker was able to reach her by phone, and so I told Amy that I had hoped to speak with her for a moment.  We then made arrangements for her to stop by my house when she was done.

When Amy arrived I explained that I had wanted to surprise her at work with a pie… and all the while she thought I needed her help with a surprise for someone else!  That’s the kind of person Amy is… ready to jump right in and help you before you really even ask!

Tonight Amy, my husband Emile, and I sat and visited for the first time in a long time.  We caught up on the goings on of our kids, work, the ski team, and my pies.  As we chatted I thought,  if I had surprised Amy at work, we would not have had the chance to visit like this.   That’s one of the lessons of the pie journey – it’s okay to have a plan, but don’t worry if it seems to not be working.  Things will work out in the end somehow – you’ve just got to have faith.

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
C. S. Lewis

Day 48: Amy the Kitchen Maven

25 May

Dutch Apple Pie

Amy came to Helman Elementary while my son was still there. She was in charge of the cafeteria and what made her special is that she really seemed to like to cook and bake. And (bonus!) she liked kids! She always had a big smile on her face when the children would start filing in for lunch. This was not a “job” for her; she knew that she was in a place where she could make a difference.

It made me feel good to know that Amy was at Helman because she really paid attention to each child; she had a sort of sixth sense with them. She could make a connection by asking a simple question of them or by commenting on their outfit. The kids knew that Amy noticed them and that she was present for them – not just as the person providing them with lunch – but as a caring friend.

Today I brought an apple pie to thank Amy for her giving spirit only to find out that she has gone to be with an ailing relative. Tina has stepped in and is now in charge of the cafeteria at Helman. Tina and I have boys who grew up together and are about to graduate next week. I told Tina that though the pie was originally intended for Amy, that I hoped that she would accept it because she is now the one watching over our children at lunch. It’s a very important position – and I am thrilled to know that we have another caring Mom looking out for our kids.