Pie. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Preach, Bill, preach. We’d like to think Billy Shakes was thinking about pie when he wrote Sonnet 18 or at least dreaming of a piping hot cherry pie.
There are all types of people in the world. Beer people, wine people, cat people, and dog people … but what is it about pie people? We feel there is some type of brotherhood/sisterhood immediately formed when two people discover their preference for pie. An indescribable connection in which the lights dim, and you are thrust into West Side Story when Tony and Maria meet for the first time in the “Dance at the Gym.” Nothing else exist but you and a taboo love affair for pie.
Only if Tony sang about pie instead of Maria:
The most beautiful sound I ever heard.
Pie, Pie, Pie, Pie …
All the beautiful sounds of the world in a single word …
Pie, Pie, Pie Pie …
Say it loud and there’s music playing,
Say it soft and it’s almost like praying.
Outside of love sonnets, pie has a significant place in the history. According to the American Pie Council (how the heck do we get on this council!?), pie has been around since the ancient Egyptians, but it was the Romans that took pie mainstream by introducing this delicious baked good to Europe.
Outside of our Atlantic neighbors, pie has great significance in the United States. Do you think Native Americans and Pilgrims sat down to share a meal with cake!? Doughnuts!? Hell no! Only pie could offer peace, if only for a meal. In fact, the first Thanksgiving celebration in 1621 consisted of English-style, meat-based recipes. Mmm … meat pies.
So, whether it’s meat-filled or fruit, custard or crisp, blackbird or egg, make sure to wash down the bitterness of 2016 and ring in the sweet possibilities of 2017 with a heaping slice of pie.