Today is Valentine’s Day and I want to share a story about love.
I love pie. My partner Steve loves pie and he bakes them exquisitely. I also love Steve.
But this story of love can be traced back to the mixing bowl in the photograph. This old bowl belonged to Steve’s grandma Flora. She was an excellent pie baker herself and she used this bowl to prepare her pie crust in her little Columbia City home.
Flora’s son Bob–Steve’s dad–loved pies and he mastered the art of pie baking. Bob also loved foraging for blackberries and huckleberries and baking them in his pies.
Bob passed along his love for pies and berry picking to Steve and his siblings. He later gave Steve the mixing bowl used by Flora in her pie baking. It was a passing of the pie baking baton from one generation to the next. To this day, Steve uses it to make his pie crusts.
Flora’s venerable bowl represents many things. It’s a family heirloom, passed from mother to son to grandson. It stands for a craft that continues today. And it embodies the love of family, traditions and shared values.