Early this morning I received a shout out from my friend, Karen, wishing me a “Happy Pi Day” and that set the stage for the day. I am sure I would have remembered it sooner or later, but it was nice to get the word “pie” on my “to-do” list right away.
It took a trip to the store to gather some ingredients before I could bet started… apples, mushrooms, eggs… and then the pie making began. It was far from an orderly process, but before long, I had made the pie dough made (two kinds – one “regular” and one that was gluten-free). Then it was time to cook the vegetables for the quiches – one with broccoli and mushrooms and one with asparagus. When those two pies were in the oven, I got the apple pie going. Finally, after a few hours, I had three pies sitting on my counter.
Looking at those three pies on my counter made me think back to high school geometry class (it is pi day after all!) From what I recall, at the beginning of the year, my head felt like it was swimming, but my teacher, a very patient woman named Mrs. Simmons, explained it all. Before long, I was able to recite theorems, solve for x and y, and I learned that math could be fun.
Unfortunately, I don’t think I ever properly thanked Mrs. Simmons for guiding me through geometry that year and it is too late to do so now. Claire Anita Simmons passed away nearly six years ago (I just looked it up). I would have so loved to gift Claire Simmons a pie with my deepest thanks for sharing her love of math through teaching.
Instead, the three pies found homes with my friends. One, a teacher, was thrilled to have the Apple Pie to share with her children. The Asparagus quiche went to a friend and her husband as they face health challenges… and the Mushroom Broccoli quiche went to a friend simply because she loves my quiche.
As Pi Day 2016 comes to a close, my hope is that you all had a lovely pi(e) day. And, while you still have the chance, I hope you’ll take the time to thank a teacher who made a difference in your life. Or for that matter, take a moment to thank anyone else you owe some thanks to. I promise, you’ll both feel good about it!
“A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.”
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.