A little careen with your pie
Monday November 23rd 2009, 11:35 pm
Filed under: Family,Food

I like to bake, but frankly, Trader Joe’s makes a better pecan pie than I do.  A quick trip to the store…

I like to grin and tell my friends that I’m going to be a terror to my kids when I’m 90.

My kids tell me I don’t have to wait that long.

But it was a complete innocent today who was horrified.   Some large and tall hunter-gatherer, oblivious as he focused on his prey, collided with me on his way by. I don’t weigh much. He never noticed.

My sense of balance is visual and tactile only, and if you throw one of those off, you get to see me do my rendition of Olympic figure skating.

Kinda like the time I fell down the carpeted steps at my aunt-in-law’s house during her daughter’s wedding reception. There was a young couple coming up behind me, gasping in horror. I managed to stop finally about 2/3 of the way down while thinking, great, I hope nobody saw THAT little act of gracefulness, turned back, saw them, and got this big cheesy grin on my face as I threw my hands up from where I sat and proclaimed, TaaDAAAH!

They cracked up, mostly out of relief.  Phew!

So this guy goes past me and it all went past him.  But a woman standing on the other side thought somehow she’d done that to me, and was not reassured by my attempt to brush her fears off. It bothered her enough that she got behind us in the check-out line so that she could apologize again.

I’d had no idea, or I’d have been more particular in what I’d said–to me, going flying occasionally is simply how things are, and I do use that cane.  I guess sometimes a person needs to be told more of the story.  Not just, no, you didn’t do that, not even just no, that other guy bumped into me, but also that, really, the only person who needs to apologize is the guy who creamed my car nine years ago.

But it was the strength and warmth of the smile on my face towards her as I said that, not so much the words, that finally made her feel better about the whole thing.

It’s okay. This is my normal now.  Burns extra calories. Keeps me thin. (Hey, look–it works!)

…I solemnly promise my family not to fall down those stairs again come Thursday. Here, you hold the pie.

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Ouch. Hope the inverse of “The bigger they are, the harder they fall” is true. “The smaller they are, the lighter they fall”? But like Don’s friends advise: try to stay vertical–and especially with pie.

Comment by LynnM 11.24.09 @ 2:20 am

Good call on letting somebody else carry the pie to the table… That way, you can concentrate on seeing how happy everybody is for having a meal with you. 😉

Comment by Suzanne in Mtl 11.24.09 @ 6:33 am

Enjoy the holiday. Be careful and let others carry stuff and wait on you. You deserve it.

Comment by Joansie 11.24.09 @ 6:48 am

Steady… steady…

Comment by Amanda 11.24.09 @ 7:07 am

Your grace is amazing. (Grace and graceful aren’t the same – but you know that.)

Comment by Channon 11.24.09 @ 7:14 am

So, did you score better in style points or technique?

Ta-dah, indeed! Great line – love it!

Comment by Barbara-Kay 11.24.09 @ 7:34 am

I can fall just as easily, with no one bumping me. Once, it was on the way to Mutual, with a cake. Once it was going out the front door with a cake! Trader Joe’s may make a better pecan pie but I make a good fake pecan pie (pinto beans). LOL

Comment by sherry in idaho 11.24.09 @ 8:50 am

Go have another cocoa – for the bone mass. I think pecan pie is good for it, too. 🙂

Comment by twinsetellen 11.24.09 @ 9:22 am

Yeah, I know about that balance (or lack of) business. I’ve never said “TaaDAAAH!” Usually it’s been “Aaaach! Unnnnnk!”


The Montana State Department of Fish and Wildlife is advising golfers to take extra precautions and be on the alert for bears while playing on Gallatin, Helena, and Lewis and Clark National Forests Golf Courses. They advise golfers to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells on their clothing to alert, but not to startle the bears unexpectedly.

They also advise you to carry pepper spray in the case of an encounter with a bear. It is also a good idea to watch for signs of bear activity. Golfers should be able to recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear droppings on the golf course. Black bear droppings are smaller and contain berries and possibly squirrel fur. Grizzly bear droppings have little bells in them and smell a bit like pepper spray.

Comment by Don Meyer 11.24.09 @ 11:54 am

Sherry?! Someone else in this world has the pinto-bean-pecan-pie recipe? I thought that was a small-town Southern-Virginia one-off that I got from a friend in college!

Comment by AlisonH 11.24.09 @ 12:00 pm

Hold the rail going down the stairs! I love pecan pie, incidentally!

Comment by Karen 11.24.09 @ 12:21 pm

>My kids tell me I don’t have to wait that long.<


Comment by Diana Troldahl 11.24.09 @ 4:04 pm

I found a pecan pie recipe that my husband likes, and that’s REALLY easy to make. Which is good, as I promised to make one for my father-in-law for Thanksgiving! 😉

Comment by Serena 11.24.09 @ 7:53 pm

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