Sunday, October 19, 2008

Life of Pie

I spent some time last week working with a young womens group in my local community. These nearly women are streetsmart and mouthwise and have probably lived more of life on the edge than I care to imagine.
In a conversation that wove in and out of their teenage pregnancies, violent fathers, drinking problems and the joys of vodka and red bull, we got around to talking about what they wanted out of life.

"It's all right for you, Kate, you're always fuckin' happy." Louise said.

"Yeah, when you're fucking sorted you can be fucking happy." Tasha added.

I said that I wasn't always sorted, or happy, and that I'd had quite a bad year so far, but trying to explain the breakup of a twenty-six year year relationship when the girls around you can't keep a boyfriend for more than twenty-six hours was more than a little difficult!

"You need to put good things in your life pie." I said.

"Wassat?" they asked.

I told them that their life should be like a really good pie but it can only be good if the things that go into it are good.

"So if you use crap ingredients then your pie will be fucking horrible?" Tia said.


After discussing the more unsavoury items in their pies they then went on to compile a recipe for a good life pie...

1lb of happy
1 lb of love
8oz of joy
4oz of money
1oz of fucking lovely sex (thanks for that one, Louise)

These women will probably turn out to be better cooks than me!



Unknown said...

They wont be as intelligent though!
I blame the parents!

Unknown said...

It doesn't really matter who is to blame, John G, I'm just glad there are people around who are still willing to give these kids a chance.

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

Here here, Minx! They're human beings made of the same needs as the rest of us! Cheers!

Unknown said...

Human beings? That might be debatable - heh heh.

Yodood said...

Real poverty is not knowing how to grow food while you starve to death waiting for the plane to drop it in bags/

Jannie Funster said...


I commend you for your work.

I guess you've seen "Freedom Writers?" with shit, what's her name? The Billion Dollar Baby actress. (Or Million?) You know. That girl. This reminds me of that movie.

Want is great but skills and tools need to be a big part of the equation too.

John G's right.

And a child is who they're going to be by age 3 (Maria Montessori.)

Easy to grow good kids than mend broken men.

But, mend we can try.

Unknown said...

That's my favourite kind of pie! Yum!

Unknown said...

That would account for most of Europe and America, Yodood, should we ever find ourselves in famine conditions!

John G IS right, Jannie, and so is Montessori. It is easier to be a bad parent than a good one but unless we are going to play (or Goddess) we cannot control the simple human right of procreation.
Society has a lot to answer for and I think that the demise of the extended family plays a huge part in a lot of family troubles.

I think they got their pie nearly right, Vanilla, (I thought the proportions were interesting) but what would go into your pie?

Unknown said...

That's a gud un. I like the last ingredient on the list. v. important!

L.M.Noonan said...

Hmm, quite a lot of burnt toast around here lately. You should open a bakery darling.

Debi said...

I'll have a hefty slice of that please.

Elaine Denning said...

A Life pie. That's brilliant. I'm getting me one of those. First ingredient? A nice,lean bit of meat!

bulletholes said...

"I had another look and I had a cup of tea and butter pie
(the butter wouldnt melt so I put it in the pie)"

Janine....'Freedom Writers" is a good movie...Hillary Swank...
And Minxy....just to have someone to talk to or listen to makes a fine Pie...
That makes you a pie Minxy!
Hands across the water to ya!

Roberta said...

May I have mine A'lamode?

Beatrice V said...

Good one Minxy, those kids should have more in their pie, of the likes of you.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

It makes me grin ear to ear that you are guiding young women this way.

Enormous hugs Minx, and next year will be much, much better, I am certain.

The woman that Hillary Swank portrayed in Freedom Writers is Erin Gruwell; she came to Denver in April and I got to meet her, and one of the students from that class, and do a story on them. I have great photos, but none of them captured the intense passion for youth and people that this woman emanates from every cell in her body.

Wish we had a million of her, and of you Minx, changing lives in the ways that you do every day.


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Unknown said...

A jollop of fucking lovely sex is essential to a good pie, Babs.

Heh heh, Noony, - I would sell the naughtiest pies in the world!

Help yourself, Debi, my pie, your pie!

Are we talking tall, dark and meaty, Elaine?

I think I am a tart actually, Bullets!!

Anyway you like, Roberta - with all the cream you can take.

They're doing okay, B, food for thought, I suppose.

That's more than kind, Scarlett, but I was mostly nicking their chocolate.

Jon M said...

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM Pie...I like the whole idea of a life pie....kind of edible...

Unknown said...

It should be as tasty as possible, Jon, so that you can't wait to take a bite!

red dirt girl said...

the new barn needs a part-time mule 'whisperer' / counselor.

would you be willing to take the job?

i can provide you with your own stall, fresh hay ... and all the cowboys you want !! heh.

i wish someone had sat me down and given me this 'recipe' when i was a mouthy young 20 something ...

this post is fantastic!!


Unknown said...

Did you say cowboys, Mule?

Jannie Funster said...

My pie?

free time
air mattress

Unknown said...

I would say an air mattress is essential, Jannie!

Vesper said...

I hope those girls had the good sense to learn something from you.

As for the pie... sounds delicious... I wish it were real...

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

A very good endeavor, and a duplicitous move on your part.

Chocolate is always a priority.


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Reading the Signs said...

Pie looks fucking lovely, Minx. Why not send the recipe to Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food thing.