Everyone loves pie.
Whether it’s this kind of pie:
or this kind:
Pie symbolizes many things: an irrational number, math geekiness, a yummy treat, forgiveness, motherly love, true Americanness… the list goes on.
In my house, everything good starts with a pie. And in 7th grade, I learned to start all of my writing with one too.
My mom has always said, “It’s always best to start with a piece of pie.” She is a prolific pie baker. She got it from her grandma: her talent as well as her award-winner, eye-rolling, mm-mm-good swearing, recipe for pie crust.
I always know when something important is about to happen because I walk into the house and it smells like buttery dough and caramelizing sugar, and flour dust hangs in the air. Mom presents the pie on the kitchen peninsula, and sits herself on the stool to start whatever it is that we’re starting. And I always know that it’s going to be a doozy.
It runs in the family. Graingers say “I’m sorry” with pie, “I love you” with pie, “let’s get to work” with pie, and “it’s time to quit” with pie. I’m simultaneously happy, sad, forgiving, ashamed, and excited writing about it now.
My seventh grade teacher, Mrs. Dewey, had a system for everything. Attempting to teach us how to write a 5-paragraph essay, she showed us PIE.
Pstands for Point. Academic writers learn to write deductively–say what you want to say first, and then explain to the reader why you are right. The point is the shortest part of the paragraph. It is typically one sentence written in active voice (Subject, Verb, Object). Pro Tip: If you’re having trouble meeting the requirements of the Point, try to write the rest of the paragraph first, then come back to it. Some people think inductively, which is not currently valued in academic writing. You should not be punished for it, but instead use it to your advantage: know what you want to say, and then put together your topic sentence.
Istands for Illustration. Find a quote or quotes, passages from sources, or results-based proof for your topic sentence. Connect the pieces together with bits of analysis. Pro Tip: If you’re starting on this step, find a piece or group of evidence that speaks to you. This is usually centered around a common theme.
Estands for Explanation. Put simply, explain why your Illustration proves your Point. However, this process is consistently more difficult than it looks. Connect the illustrative pieces of the paragraph together, and also introduce any counterarguments. Pro Tip: Start small by asking yourself, “What pieces of the Illustration are useful?” This could be a grouping of individual words, organizational structure of the quote, syllables per line, common theme–anything really. The most important thing is to identify it and then proceed to relate it to the Point. BONUS Pro Tip: For all of you inductive thinkers out there, this is the section where you will discover your Point. Reduce your explanation to a single sentence and move it to the start of the paragraph.
(P) Pie is the best food to use when asking for forgiveness. (I) Once my mother and I got ourselves into a huge argument about where I would apply for college. She contended that I needed to apply to an all-women’s institution, like Barnard or Smith. I refused because I was 17 and obstinate. I told her, “It’s my life, Mom! Everyone at school thinks I’m a [redacted expletive], bra-burning, unshowered, feminist like you. The last thing I need is a school without boys.” Needless to say, she stormed out. I felt terrible. I had called my mother “unshowered” for God’s sake! So, the next day after school, I baked a blueberry pie. She came home from work, and there I was at my stool with it on the peninsula. Tears in her eyes, she came over and we both apologized: her for being controlling and me for being unbelievably rude. (E) There was no need to wait for a break in the conversation or an awkward Come to Jesus moment when she came home. The pie said it all. It was a warm, sweet reminder of love, asking for forgiveness during a tense time. The pie showed that I respected my mother as well as our family tradition without a single word needing to be said. Although it was a nice compromise and ended a feud, as she was getting up from her stool, Mom turned to me and said, “I’m not paying for anything if you don’t at least apply to one” and slapped a Barnard application down in front of me. She may have won that battle, but in the end, I won the war by going to an women’s college that recently turned coed. I have the pie to thank for that; it was efficient and delicious.
PIE (both the food and the process) is warm, sweet, and homey. It’s the comfort I fall into when I don’t know where to begin. I diverge from it, of course, churning out brownies, cakes, cookies, and the occasional ribeye steak to communicate with people I care about, but PIE is always a good place to start.
In my experience, pie is universal; while not omnipotent, it does present a starting point by which to start all important discussions, decisions, writing, and thinking.
COW ESSAY FOR KIDS
The cow is a very useful and pet animal. The cow is our mother she gives us very nutritious food called milk. It is a domestic animal and it is very important for everyone. The cow has a great importance in Hindu religion, almost all Hindu people keep the cow in their home.
It is a female gender of an animal who gives the milk daily two times, in the morning and in the evening. Some cow gives milk three times in a day according to their diet and capacity. A cow is considered as a mother so she is called as the “Gau Mata” Hindu people respect cow very much and also worship the cow. The milk of a cow is offered to god during puja and katha. It is also used to do the Abhishek of the god and goddess statue during festivals and Pooja.
Cow milk is given high status in the society as it is very beneficial to us. She gives birth to a small calf after 12 months. The baby cow takes 12 months to come out of mother’s womb, it is the longest period of baby staying inside the stomach. She does not give any practice to her child to walk or run, he/she starts walking and running just after the birth. A baby cow drinks the cow’s milk for some days or months and starts eating food like a cow eats.
The each and every part or things of the cow is used by the people. As cow murder is considered a big sin in the Hindu religion. Indian people worship the cow and use its products at many holy occasions. Its cow dung is used to paint the houses and it is a very good for fertilizer in the fields to enhance the fertility level for the better growth of seasonal crops. After death, the cow skin is used to make leather things like shoes, bags, purse, etc. and bones to make comb, buttons, knife handles, etc. we can get lots of products from the milk given by her like ghee, cream, butter, curd, dahi, whey, condensed milk, variety of sweets, etc. her cow-dung and urine is highly useful to the farmers for making natural fertilizer for plants, trees, crops, etc.
The cow has a large body four legs, one long tail, two horns, two ears, two eyes, one big nose, a big mouth and one head. It is found in almost every regions of the country. It is found in different shapes and sizes. Cow found in our country became small however big cows are found in other countries. we should take care of the cow and give her good quality of foods and clean water. The cow eats grass, food, grains, hay and other things. First, she chews all the food well and slowly and swallows to her stomach. Her back is long and wide. The origin of a cow on earth for nourishing the human lives has a great history behind.
We all should know her importance and necessity in our lives and respect her forever. We should not harm or hurt cows and give them proper food and water timely. Cow differs in colour and size from region to region. Some cows are small, big, white, black and some are of mixed colour.