Last night, I decided that I wanted a pie. Not just any pie, of course, but a peach pie (I am from the South, after all). I’d had “pie on the brain” for a few days and finally was going to do something about it.
I went to the grocery store, and being so close to Thanksgiving, the place was filled with pies! The bakery had fresh-out-of-the-oven selections of cherry, minced meat, pumpkin, apple, sweet potato, strawberry, marionberry* — you name it (and with “no sugar added” varieties as well).
But no peach pie.
Sure, peaches may be out of season, but so are cherries. Undaunted, I headed for the freezer section. Surely, there would be many peach pies to choose from there. Again, I was presented with all of the above flavors, in addition to meringues and turnovers…. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” I said aloud. There was only a single peach pie in the freezer. And it’s not like all of the others had sold out. This was it.
Is this an Oregon thing? Is peach pie truly a Southern oddity?
Sure, I was grateful to have found what I was looking for. I would have preferred a fresh pie, but I took what I could get.
Now, the reasoning behind the pie escapade — although, yes, this doesn’t truly count as an “escapade,” does it? not even close…. I am fast coming to the 50,000-word goal in this year’s NaNoWriMo. The deadline is November 30th, and I’ve just crossed to 46K-word threshold. I’m fairly confident I’ll finish. So I wanted to have something on hand to celebrate. Once I’m done with this first draft of Witches’ Brew — and I may well have to write a few more than 50K words to complete the story arc — I plan to sit down and have me some pie.
After I bake it, of course. Frozen pie ain’t so yummy.
When I posted of my impending pie celebration on one of the NaNoWriMo forums, another writer directed me to this web page:
Rather appropriate, I thought. Perhaps I should send this link to the grocery store manager, demanding more peach pie options.
*Marionberry is an actual berry, native to this area, and bears little or no resemblance to the Mayor of the District of Columbia.