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Cheery Pie, An Old Family Recipe... 
Sep. 13, 2009 9:47 am 
Updated: Sep. 18, 2009 1:50 pm
Too many years ago, when my kids were little, my youngest came to me one day and said "Mama, will you make a cherry pie? I want to watch you make a cherry pie."

I was very surprised, because he had never shown an interest in my cooking before. He continued to petition me, so I relented, and off we went to the cherry orchard to pick our cherries. Of course, he was too little, so "I" had to climb the ladder and do the actual picking. Upon arriving home, I was pretty tired, but, with the unwavering, singular focus common only to dogs and small children, he goaded me into making the pie right then and there.

He observed every step, helped turn the little handle as we sifted flour for the crust, assisted with the cherry pitting gadget that pitted the 230 cherries we figured went into that pie (we knew this by counting the pits...turns out there was actually 231, which we discovered when Grampa spit one across the patio).
 He watched intently, as I put it all together, laid on the top crust and slid it into the hot oven. I was putty in his hand by the time he ran into his bedroom, grabbed a pillow, and camped out right in front of the stove, there on the kitchen floor, to watch it bake thru the oven window.

Some time later, after this questionably sane child had minutely observed the entire process, I took the pie out to cool, and told Cody (who seemed even cuter than usual, due to his obvious appreciation of my culinary contributions to the family) "While the pie is cooling, lets you and me go to the store and get some ice cream for you to put on top of it." Now, normally, I don't dish out pie and ice cream to my own kids before dinner...yours, maybe, but never mine...except on this occasion I felt his efforts and his flattery had merited it. His response was, "That's okay, I'm not gonna eat it, I don't LIKE cherry pie...I just wanted to watch you make one."

To this day, that boy has never eaten cherry pie, nor have I ever been inclined to cook another one.

This same child was just as persistent about hunting. Ever notice how we can be inspired as children to do something? Turns out that the very word "inspired" actually means "God breathed"...I should have realized this myself, as I always had a passion for horses and spent most of my life as a trainer, and now find myself here, on a working cattle ranch with some of the best riding of my life...but...I digress...

I often would come in from working colts and find little Cody, sitting on the front steps with his little handcarved wooden rifle, waiting for us to take him huntin'. As he grew older, I continued to encourage him to get a good job, so he could afford this expensive I reminded him, no one was gonna pay him to chase around wild boars and the like, and he wasn't gonna be like the guy on TV...he would have to find a real job.

With a little inspiration, and opportunity from the One who breathed it in him...he found himself a job. He is now the lead hunting guide on the largest land grant ranch in the State of California. They have their own game management program, working side by side with the Dept of Fish and Game. Cody's specialty is Elk hunting...and oh....did I forget to mention he was on TV recently?

Cody, the 1 yr old hunter
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The start of something big
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Cody now, and his family
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our next generation hunter
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Abby and Cody..notice the camo overalls? LOL
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you might be a redneck take family portraits with animals who are not your pets.....
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Sep. 13, 2009 10:54 am
Absolutely lovely story. Thank you.
Sep. 13, 2009 11:26 am
Neat! That elk is huge, that must be enough meat for an entire year. Thanks for the great life adventure of Cody the hunter. I'd make him a cherry pie one day just for the laugh.
Sep. 13, 2009 11:32 am
Great story. Now for cherry pie that is one of my favorites.
Sep. 13, 2009 3:20 pm
Awww Petey....That is the dangedest cutest granddaughter you have, and that has to be one of the biggest elk I've ever seen. I'm with C.inArgen. bake that pie again only have it for when we all come to visit you. Great story.
Sep. 13, 2009 5:27 pm
Great blog -- what I particularly like is the typo(?) in the title. Making that pie for the tenacious little one certainly would be 'cheery'!
Sep. 13, 2009 11:46 pm
haha! Thanks! It was intentional, cuz the memory always makes me laugh
Sep. 14, 2009 3:08 pm
I love your blogs. Thank You ! Mag
Sep. 14, 2009 4:20 pm
aww thanks, mag, that's a really nice to hear!
Sep. 17, 2009 9:53 am
luv the pics, great story, I have a wall full of wild animal pictures, my eldest son with his first deer on my desktop, my youngest son with his massive fish on my phone, my first moose on Xmas cards, yet a family photo was last taken about 7 yrs ago lol
Sep. 18, 2009 1:50 pm
Thanks for the giggles! I'm really enjoying your blog.
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