I know everyone thinks the decade that they grew up in was the best.
But there's this decade called the '70s where we neighborhood kids played outside until dark. Barefoot sometimes (gasp!). We played hide and seek, searched for Bigfoot (that guy was good, we never did find him), caught lightening bugs and only came inside to eat. All the girls made mudpies, climbed trees and raced down the street on their bikes with no hands, just like the boys. Better than some of the boys. Nobody had ever heard of the words 'transgender' or 'ISIS', all we knew was that we were just kids- dirty, grubby little kids- having the time of our lives.
No one minded to come in and wash up for dinner because we'd played so hard that we were really hungry when we finally stopped to notice. And sometimes, at least at my house on hot summer nights, we ate Lemon Icebox Pie for dessert. My mom always could make the best meals and I had no idea that this deliciousness only had three ingredients or that the recipe used to be on the can of Eagle Brand Condensed Milk. I just knew it was yummy.
I hadn't eaten it in years when I rediscovered it recently. It took me back to some of the best times in my life and boy, did it taste good. I knew I'd gone a little overboard when the hubby sent me a text that said,
'I like pie too.'
Um. Ok, well, you see, yeah, I had pie for breakfast, And lunch. Like not with my breakfast and lunch but AS my breakfast and lunch and before I knew it, all the pie was gone.
So I've decided this time when I made the pie I'd have to make two. A His and a Hers. And His is the one that gets shared with the rest of the family.
And Hers, well, that's all mine.
Because sometimes we need a whole lot of 1970s in our lives.
P.S. - The recipe:
One can of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, and three egg yolks. Mix together, poured into a 9 inch graham cracker crust pie shell and bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Let cool and store in fridge before serving. Good plain or with fruit topping. Hello 1970s, I've missed you. Welcome back to the era of simplicity.
P.P.S. Disclosure: There was a pie accidentally harmed in the making of this blog post.
It was most definitely HIS.