A Pie-Worthy Life

Last month I had to say, “goodbye for now,” to one of my all-time favorite people, my Mamaw Ferris, my grandmother on my dad’s side of the family.  At the funeral visitation I asked as many people as I could what was the first thing that came to mind when they thought of her, and the overwhelming answer by far was pie.  Coconut cream.  Apple.  Chocolate.  Custard.  Rhubarb.  Everyone had a different favorite because she cooked so many of them so well.

Okay, think about that for a minute.  You live almost 88 years of a rich, full life and the single word that comes to mind when most of your family thinks of you is pie?  All I have to say is, “Life well lived!”

Seriously, what can better than pie?  There’s a lot of great stuff packed in that delicious, three letter word.  Pies remind us of family gatherings and celebrations.  They remind us of joy and laughter and fun.  They remind us of the sweetest things in life.

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Holiday Switcheroo

Well, here we are again, almost to the third week of November, and all we see is
Christmas, Christmas, Christmas. It’s same old story. The moment the Halloween
masks disappear off the store shelves, they’re replaced by Christmas trees and
wrapping paper. Ironically, Thanksgiving gets nothing but leftovers. This poor holiday
doesn’t even have its own songs and movies. Thanksgiving is nothing more than a
speed bump on the way to Santa and Silent Night.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas, but if Thanksgiving were a pet, we’d all get
turned in for neglect.

So I say it’s time to change all that. I say it’s time to pull a little Robin Hood action and
take from the rich and give to the poor. I say it’s time for the redistribution of some
major holiday wealth. I’m proposing that we simply take a few songs and movies from
Christmas and give them to Thanksgiving. It’s not like Christmas will miss them. It has

Here’s what it would look like. Instead of Deck the Halls, we’ll sing Deck the Fall. The
Little Drummer Boy will become The Little Drumstick Boy. And, of course, O Christmas
Tree will become O Cranberry.

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The Great Thanksgiving Challenge

If you ever need tips on feeling sorry for yourself, stop by sometime.  I’d be glad to help you out.  I’m quite good at it.  Take this week, for instance.  I’ve had a cold that’s been dragging me down and a busy week with work and family stuff.  You’d think I have the plague the way I’ve been moping around and complaining.

It reminds me of how prone I am to self pity, a sure sign that I need solid dose of good old-fashioned Thanksgiving.  I’m not talking about turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie (though that surely couldn’t hurt).  No, I’m talking about developing a lifestyle of thankfulness.

I know it’s a little early to talk about Thanksgiving.  We’re barely into November, but I have a problem so it’s time to come clean.  I stink at being thankful.

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