Food is Love: On Making A Pie For Mikey

I awoke this morning thoughtfully and somberly. A week ago, I was perusing my twitter feed when Jennifer Perillo, a wonderful and friendly voice that I have come to know, posted "He's gone. My heart is shattered into a million pieces." I didn't know Jennifer, but had come to appreciate her blog, her recipes, and her generous spirit. I could feel the pain in her words. They seeped deep into my heart.

Only a week before, another friend's father had passed away suddenly from a heart attack. My wife's father passed in the same way when she was twelve. Today, another blogger's brother past. Death is a heavy part of humanity. It is painful. Yet it can become a beautiful time. It makes us pause and reflect on our own lives, on the things that are precious to us, and the community that surrounds us. In response to the sudden death of Jennifer Perillo's husband, the food blogger community reached out to Mike and Jennifer by celebrating his life and love of Peanut Butter Pie.

When my friend's father died, I didn't know what to do or say, but I wanted to do something to show my empathy--the pain that I shared for him. Friends gathered around the table, one brought striped bass they had just caught, and I made my Bacon Mac and Cheese. We didn't need words to express ourselves, just actions, just the simple gesture of a meal.

Now with Jennifer, someone I really didn't know, the same is true. When I witnessed those words, my heart hurt for her. I didn't know what to do, so I joined with this wonderful community of people that I have only begun to get to know and made a Peanut Butter Pie. The response of this community has been incredible. A video by food photographers, Todd Porter and Diane Cru, is a summation of this wonderful empathetic outreach. It is yet another illustration that food is so much more than just nourishment...it is an extension of love.

3 comments:

  1. I love this! I love the outpouring of the food community! I will be making #apieforMikey as soon as I can trek the 40 miles to town to get the stuff.

    Each time I another post, my heart fills. I've always felt that food brings people together, and this is so much proof. I'll be hugging my family a little tighter this weekend for sure!

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  2. Amen to that. In spite of the sadness that started this all, this has been a week end filled with love and amazement over the capacity for caring in the food blogging community. I think we've all been reflecting and reprioritizing. And it's good to be able to stop and remember what is really important in life.

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