Pie Time

If you have seen the American Pie movie (one of my favorites), you know that Jim's "Pie Time" is... well, rather disgusting. I'm writing about a much cleaner version of Pie Time. If you were born, you have seen Men in Black (stretched assumption I know). Tommy Lee Jones' memorable role as Agent Kay is far from pleasant. He plays an old codger who constantly bickers about an obvious underlying issue. The audience doesn't find out this issue until MIB 3, so I won't spoil the ending. When Kay wants to "get away" from the world, he orders a slice of pie from his favorite diner. Anytime Kay gets around pie, he becomes vulnerable and seems to be at peace.

Pie has got to be my least thought about dessert. Milkshakes, Strawberry Sorbet Pints, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cones (to name a few) are my sweet-tooth satisfiers. I consume these desserts for instant gratification. The design of pie is far different than my other nasty cravings. You don't normally take pie "on-the-go", which is the beauty behind this dessert.

I had a privilege of sharing a slice of pie with a dear friend. We truly opened up about personal struggles and temptations. We went beyond "surface talk". We just caught up. This intimate conversation resulted from our love and craving for pie.

The lack of "Pie Time" results with seasonal friendships. These are friends that you lose after a break-up. These are friends that you stop communicating with when you move off. These are the friends that don't forgive you of your transgressions. You get the point. Pie Time requires effort. There is planning involved. I've always heard people say, "I'm friends with everyone." That phrase is usually followed by, "But I can count my best friends on one hand." I think that applies to a lot of people, but I think the definition of "best friend" is misused. The adjective, "best" has been inserted and is universally accepted. Proverbs 17:17 speaks about friends but not "best" friends. Hear the Word of The Lord: "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity." Are there really different levels of friendship, or has society created another norm?

So I encourage you to find your "Pie Time" with your friends. It could be a cup of coffee, a glass of Scotch or a fine cigar. That's between you and your inner circle.

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