Pie Nine came from the oven on Thursday to be regaled by Martha’s cherry stories. Martha’s family had what sounded like a small fruit tree farm. It seems that every member had been injured by a cherry tree. Her mother spent a a good part of a year in traction reaching a bit too far for that particularly perfect branch of cherries. Her 80-something grandfather sawed off a branch while sitting on the wrong side of the saw. He paid with his life. Cherry pies were hard-won among her people, and much valued.
Martha also introduced me to the practice of saving the Lucky Point in which one cuts off the tip of the wedge of pie and eats it last for good luck. This practice maybe applied to any wedged shaped dessert.
In addition to Martha, Vince, Amy, and my doorman, Edwin and his family shared this pie.