What a day. This may have been one of the best, most memorable days of my entire life. I believe it’s a day many people whose lives we touched on Saturday will also remember for a long time to come. Why? Because of PIE! Free pie! How often do you walk down a city sidewalk and encounter an enthusiastic group of clean-cut people offering you a slice of homemade apple pie? We started off the day at the historic Firestation Number 39 in Van Nuys, Calif., where a group of about 14 hungry firefighters greeted us with great enthusiasm. As we sliced up a few pies one of the fireman pulled out a 5-gallon tub of ice cream. “We have a tradition around here,” he explained. “Any time a rookie has a first — a first car fire, a first cat rescued out of a tree, a first house fire — the rookie has to buy ice cream.” As he shoveled bites of apple pie into his mouth he offered, “But we’ll have change that tradition now. The rookie will have to bring pie.”
After the pie we got to sit on the firetruck and watch the guys slide down the firepole — and try to show off climbing back up! We also listened to some serious stories about men they had lost, and about 911 calls they answered, about how people open their doors to these brave men who are rush to the scene to help. I got choked up at this point and told the captain, “911 was called when my husband died. I know they did everything they could to save him. So please know I, for one, appreciate what you do.”
Team Pie — Janice, Melissa, Nan, Jeff, me, as well as Jane, Carlene, Thelma who baked, and Marcus who is with us in spirit — made a lot of people happy that day. And hopefully we have left the world a better place because of it. We’re already excited about National Pie Day next year.