A $100 Slice of Pie

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Snohomish is where I am spending my final afternoon for my week in Washington. All week I’ve found quick lunches and have been able to explore a bit with new friends and coworkers in my class and in my agency. Tonight I was on my own and took the cab ride 10 miles for $24 to seek the Snohomish Pie Company. For all of us suburban and rural cimageitizens that haven’t had cabs as a regular part of life, it is always a shocker to watch the meter. This is only my second experience opting for cab.

Snohomish Pie Company is quaint and clean, and consists of a small baking area and counter and about a dozen tables scatered inside and on the patio.  It emits the sense of small, and lightness, which gives me permission to indulge. Well played, SPC.

I requested a cup of chicken gumbo, a small size to fill my belly with nutritious ingredients but leaving space for the pie! Upon recommendation, I was served up an apple-marion berry ala mode. It was gorgeous. A crumb topping, deep burgundy color filling, and just enough ice cream to round it out.

The texture was smooth, not choppy, and hints of mild apple and marion berry danced with the vanilla cream.The crumb topping was a little heavy on the sweet side, I reckon to assist the filling. However, a bit overkill due to its inability to readily mix with the entire bite. I’d never had the fabled marion berries (turns out it’s basically a blackberry), but thought that would be the best local choice, and I am glad I chose it. My father and grandfather always said the local food was one of the best parts of experiencing travel and I agree!

The atmosphere was fantastic. Soft music, pine table sets, and a very youthful and innocent pair of bakery servers happily working at cleaning windows and wiping down tables. They also seemed a bit concerned as I snapped photos and attempted to draft a few notes.

Don’t worryimage, kids, I’m no one but a regular customer, here to say your shop is lovely. My meal was a mere $15, and I headed out to the street to enjoy the visitor-geared shops and atmosphere.

After walking into two antique stores, an organic fiber clothing store, and a candle and gift store, I was already spent on my budget. I acquired a kid guitar, a bootleg vinyl LP, and a magazine from 1995 which was, interestingly enough, the last time I visited Seattle in a chain of events that is a bold marker on my life timeline. That’s for another story of grilled cheese sandwiches, burning busses, and the start of adventure. This one’s about pie. I sank $50 here, but my family will be excited and surprised at their gifts.

Off to the town visitor center, which, in my business, means information and exits on the subject and area at hand. For Snohomish it meant rows of rack cards and two elderly folks that seemed surprised anyone had stepped in to rest, check things out, and read rack cards. After they asked me about a dozen questions, I decided I’d wait outside for a cab. The weather in Washington was just awesome. Light layers, mostly sunny, 60-70 degrees the entire week. Sitting on the bench, waiting for my cab, watching cars go by was soothing. If you’ve never people watched or counted cars, I recommend it. It’s most definitely entertaining. It is a completely present moment activity in this world of phone staring, deadlines, and progress.

We had to take an alternate route back the 10 miles to Everett, a car wreck, stopped traffic on the interstate, and so forth. And although it sounded fraudulent, I could see it on my map app. Besides, the river road literally follows along the Snohomish River, which was also a nice retreat from the very densely populated area. Well, for me it seemed like an awful lot of cars and people and not a lot of space between residential areas. I handed the cabbie $50 (yes, an extra $20 pickup fee somehow) and made my way to my room to pack and unwind. I guess it was more like a $139 slice of pie. Totally worth it.

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Corner of first and avenue d, Snohomish, WA

Clarity Edged into My Mind Today

Spring brings a lot of chance to experience renewal, birth, bloom,imagefreshness, the promise of survival being slightly less intense as cold weather moves to the storage level of Mother Earth’s house. And like other major season changes, I reflect on the moment and the past, maybe where I’m headed. I’ve been thinking about my niece graduating from high school and where I was when I graduated. I am mulling over everything from choices I made given the situations I was placed in versus the plans I had made years prior. And I am honestly grateful my path was different than what I had planned.

Today I’m headed to the park with my two perfect kids. Sure, I’m sleep deprived and winging this parenting some days, but I mostly cannot believe how lucky I am to have these healthy and happy little bugs. I hope they learn gratitude and inner peace easier than I have, but also hope they enjoy the feeling of craftsmanship and accomplishment, and resist being idle. But today, I’m listening to them laugh heartily at the park and that’s truly wonderful.

I am also thinking of how great it is that I have been able to have such wonderful births with them. And mostly that my husband was there with me, and at home with us, and actually really glad he didn’t punch a clock. I have my moments of bitterness because I didn’t get time at home with the kids, but really, I was lucky to have someone willing to stand next to me with no other family present, and make our way this far. We have grown into a life that is ever evolving and ever changing and it is really quite beautiful (even the ugly parts).

And when I get pulled into a downward spiral of chatter, scarcity, and high demands, I can let go because it is not up to me how this life will go. I cannot plan it, I cannot change it, I cannot control it, and that gives me a sense of peace with God and thus love with everything.

Cutie and the Beauty

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Round cheeks with dimples,

Precious as can be,

Chubby cuddly baby boy,

He is a little Cutie!

 

Bright sparkling eyes,        LukeNBel2011

Like the aqua colored sea,

Hair the shade of autumn leaves

She is a smiling Beauty!

 

Crawling into big sister’s room

Cutie finds a splendid mess.

Hats, crayons, a harmonica…

He chews on her pretty dress.

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Beauty laughs at Cutie,

Shakes her long brown hair.

She places a tiara on his head,

Hands him her teddy bear.

 

Cutie screams as she takes the dress

Upon which he was happily feeding.

Beauty says, “Sorry bud,

“That’s just not for eating!”

 

Beauty gives him a baby toy,

She wraps her arms around him.

He smiles at her, toy in mouth,

The dress he’s already forgotten.

 

Beauty dresses Cutie up

Like a King and she’s the Queen,

With golden crowns, purple capes,

And beads, shiny and green.

 

“Ga – gaaaaa!” Cutie orders

At Beauty standing on the bed.

“You want to play Castle, bud?”

“Is that what you said?”

 

Cutie smiles his two-tooth grin

And dribbles out some drool.

Beauty gives him sunglasses,

“Now you’re the King of Cool!”

 

Beauty drapes a bed sheet

From the bed post to the dresser.

Cutie crawls into the Castle,

Squealing with pleasure!

 

Beauty crawls in after him,

Cutie tries to get away,

Beauty reaches him, and tickles him,

How they love to laugh and play!

 

Cutie rollie pollie-o’s

Across the castle floor,

He bonks his head on the dresser,

He isn’t laughing anymore.

 

Beauty picks up his hand

And kisses his tiny nose,

Says, “It’s okay, I understand…

“Now I’m gonna eat your toes!”

 

Cutie laughs a high-pitched “uh –oh!”

With his arms up in the air.

“Gonna get ‘em, you can’t hide!

“I see you under that chair!”

 

Cutie grins. He loves this game,BelSharingCone2012

What is coming next he knows,

“I see those piggies, gonna get you!”

Beauty gently nibbles his toes.

 

Now Cutie is laughing very hard

And Beauty giggles, too.

Kissing his chubby baby cheek,

She says, “Bud, I love you!”

 

They giggle and hide in the Castle,

They are each other’s best friend.

The Cutie and the Beauty,

Happily ever after…The End!

-a.l.graysay