And speaking of motherhood and apple pie…

…it turns out that in this age of social media, no stale or shopworn expression, no matter how enshrined in American values, is sacrosanct. Here’s my reward for using this expression in a recent post on the newly-released AMS space weather policy statement… a tart(!) comment from an alert reader:

Motherhood and apple pie – Why do folks always use this saying when referencing something basic or elementary?

Have you ever tried to make an apple pie?  Well first you have to acquire all the ingredients which may include climbing a ladder to pick the apples from the top of the tree.  Then you have to wash, peel, and slice all those apples without cutting your finger.  Now the hard part –making dough and rolling out the crust.  Okay, you can cheat and buy a pre-made pie crust but it just doesn’t taste the same.  Oh the process and pitfall are endless.  I don’t want to mention cleaning the oven afterward because the pie ran over or worse, you fail to clean the oven and the smoke alarm goes off more often than the NOAA Weather Radio!

And I don’t even have time for motherhood…

(Guess now would not be the best time for me to pull out some old chestnut like “father knows best.”)

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2 Responses to And speaking of motherhood and apple pie…

  1. Melissa says:

    Hi Bill,
    Please don’t let anyone convince you that baking a pie is difficult – especially apple! Everyone should learn to bake without fear! If you enjoy eating and are capable of reading the directions and following them, baking a pie is not beyond your skills, even if you are required to pick the fruit, which is a delightful part of fall in New England, I might add! And I also note that the few folks I have known who can’t read are already skilled at baking.

    Whether you choose granny smith apples for tartness, cortlands for sweetness, ginger golds for smooth texture or romes if you can find them, once you add a bit of sugar and flour, roll out that crust and fill it, you will discover the truth of another old chestnut – it is easy as pie!

  2. Very funny feedback. Now we all will have to stop using that analogy!

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