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The words sound so simple... “pie at midnight“, but those three words have such a deep and profound meaning.  Let me explain to those of you whom have not shared a slice with me.
I need to go back about a decade and a half. I had been entrapped in a marriage where I lost myself as a person and was living under the control of someone else. I married young and after 14 years of unhappiness, I decided it was time to bust out of my coccoon of a life. I was working as a school nurse at the time and when I finally made the move for myself and found freedom, the world seemed a bit more different.
In my office one day, a young mother of 4 came in very out of sorts and scattered. It was obvious that there was something disturbing going on in her life. I helped her with what she needed and slipped her a piece of paper with my phone number. I told her to call me at any time. Thankfully, she did.
My new found friend was staying at the women’s shelter with her 4 young children. When we talked on the phone I could hear the fear, confusion, and desperation in her voice. I am not quite sure why I did it, but at that very moment I offered my home to her and her children.
She too had been in an unhappy marriage and when things escalated for her, she also knew it was time to get out. She came and stayed with me and my two children. Let’s just say the house was very crowded, but we all needed eachother at this point in time.
One late night with a few glasses of wine in each of us, we noticed her youngest daughter of four years old sneaking up the stairway. She came to the couch and snuggled with her mom. This lovely little 4 year old child then looked up at her mom and said she was hungry and asked if she could have a piece of pie. Meghan’s immediate response was “No, it’s too late to eat pie“. I stopped her right then and there and threw out the question- “Why do we have automatic responses that are negative?” Why can’t she have pie at midnight? Is it because society tells us it’s wrong or perhaps because we were so conditioned in our marriages that we always did things as others thought they should be. I asked her then what was the reasoning that she couldn’t have a slice of pie. Meghan had no logical reason why not..... Thus “pie at midnight“. This is the concept that we automatically deny ourselves the small pleasures in life that make life really worth living!!!
Do things for yourself without guilt or reservations. Treat yourself to “pie at midnight” and concentrate on each and every delicious bite that passes your lips!! Stop saying no to yourself and the ones you love and start saying YES to life!!!
Let’s share a gooey slice... Whipped cream or a la mode???


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