Joyful Journey: Strawberry Pies

Every year for my birthday my mom made me strawberry pie. It was wonderful and became the signature dessert for my birthday every year. She would also wrap all my presents in purple (my favorite color for the first 25 years of my life!) and sing to me and put balloons on my chair and make me whatever meal I requested. She made me feel so special and loved, and since her sudden death 6 1/2 years ago (post), birthdays have just not been the same.

This past Saturday the 8th was my birthday. It was another birthday without my mom. I had a wonderful day, but I really missed her in my heart.

And then I got a text from my dear friend that she had left something for me on my front porch. Inside her handmade birthday card she wrote that she remembered that this was a special birthday dessert for me. And there, inside the package, was strawberry shortcake, strawberries, and fresh cream. I stood there holding this dessert – this strawberry pie of sorts – and started to cry.

I cried because I missed my mom and this was a real treat to remind me of her.

But I also cried because in that moment I felt so loved and special.

You see, my friend is 39 weeks pregnant. And she works. And her husband works. And they have a 3-year old. And she took the time and energy to do this for me. She remembered how special this was to me and she went out of her way to make me this dessert and deliver it to my house. This dessert that brought me just a little closer to my mom on a big day of missing her.

I am sure that she knew how touched I would be, but I do not think that she knew how deep her gift would go. Even now I am crying again as I write this post!

And that is my wisdom tidbit to pass on: we never know how our actions will affect others. I am a woman of good intentions who never seems like I have the time or energy to follow through with those intentions. But after my busy friend did this for me, I have no excuse. I want to do kind acts for others because, while they may just seem like strawberry pies to me, they may mean the world to someone else.

  • January 14, 2011 - 12:50 am

    Trudy - Oh, Jessie, that made tears come to my eyes, too. I miss my mom so much, too. What a wonderfully sweet friend you have. Hugs, Trudy

  • January 14, 2011 - 5:29 pm

    Danyel Hinson - What a wonderful friend. And a wonderful story. Love it.

  • February 6, 2011 - 5:52 pm

    Arielle - This morning, I woke up thinking “I need to get in touch with Jessie, I haven’t heard from my good friend in a while”. I’m so happy to be on your blog now, to wish you a late happy birthday, to know that you have such special friends in your life (but I’m not surprise) who will prepare strawberry pie for your birthday despite a busy schedule. I love your tidbits of wisdom, because they are so sincere and such a reflection of your beautiful heart. And I love your images, vibrant in color, creative, and great tidbits of life!

  • December 13, 2011 - 10:18 pm

    Dana - Hello, new friend. :-) I so completely love this story. Looking forward to sharing strawberry pie with you.

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