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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 224: Coach Pete

16 Nov

We first met Pete when my son Coco signed up for the Nordic Ski Team at Ashland High School. Pete is the head coach for the Nordic team and has been the head coach for a long time. Both of his kids were on the team when they were in high school, but they have long since graduated. Yet Pete continues to coach the team… and that is something that we can be thankful for because Pete brings a wealth of experience with him and is highly respected.

When Coco was on the team, I volunteered a few times to help at ski meets – most often helping out in the snack booth and on the rare occasion, assisting on the race course. After a while I found that by sending fresh baked goodies to the team before they left for a meet was the best contribution I could make because the kids (and coaches) liked the snacks I provided and I liked staying warm at home.

When he is not coaching the Nordic team, Pete is the Chief Ranger at Crater Lake National Park. Pete is not one of those people who just “shows up for his job.” He brings energy and passion to just about everything does. The photo at the top of this post shows Pete at work rescuing a guy who jumped a barrier at the rim of Crater Lake. Pete is the kind of guy who always seems ready for moments like these; he pays attention, he has been trained, and he is in top condition.

This afternoon I brought Pete his favorite pie: lemon meringue. I want to thank him for leading the Nordic Team and for his part in giving our kids such a wonderful outdoor experience.