If you’ve not yet heard of peanut butter pie day for Mikey I’m a little surprised. It began spreading by word of mouth among food bloggers, but quickly went viral, with a story on CNN.com, a Facebook event and Europeans (and who knows who else around the globe) pledging to make peanut butter pie.
Thirty-five year old food blogger Jennifer Perillo’s husband Mikey died very suddenly last Sunday, leaving behind his wife and two young daughters. Jennifer penned a hauntingly lovely and gracious blog post on In Jennie’s Kitchen, touching on the brevity of life and the importance of letting our loved ones know how we feel.
Here’s the excerpt that started the tribute pie making:
“As I spend Friday reflecting on the love and life that was gone in an instant, I’d like to invite all of you to celebrate his life too. Mikey loved peanut butter cream pie. I haven’t made it in a while, and I’ve had it on my to-do list for a while now.
“I kept telling myself I would make it for him tomorrow. Time has suddenly stood still, though, and I’m waiting to wake up and learn to live a new kind of normal. For those asking what they can do to help my healing process, make a peanut butter pie this Friday and share it with someone you love. Then hug them like there’s no tomorrow because today is the only guarantee we can count on.”
Yesterday was Mikey Perillo’s memorial service. So I, like many, many others who love food and love to cook — or who were simply touched by Jennie’s story — served up hugs and home-made peanut butter pie to loved ones I’m lucky to have nearby. Work friends, bosom friends, family members.
One of my favorite adages in my middle years is this: Life’s too short. Jennie’s situation served to further cement my belief. Life is much too short not to indulge in pie every now and again, and not to let those you love know it.
So for my far-flung loved ones — and you know who you are — here’s your virtual pie. I wish you were here. I love you.