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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)

TITLE: How to make Humble Pie
By Sharon Singley
01/07/07


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“Whatcha making?”

“Pie.”

“Hmm…what a peculiar pie. Is that a crow? You’re putting a crow in it?”

“Yep. It’s the key ingredient.”

“Ew. What else are you adding?”

“Oh, a little of this, a little of that.”

“Well, like what?”

“First you have to make the crust just right. This is very important. It’s made of pride and selfishness.”

“Really? And this makes a good crust you say?”

“Well, for this type of pie, yes! It is essential.”

“Okay, then what do you fill it with?”

“This is the really hard part. You have to fold in some tears, anger, sorrow, humility, conviction, and finally that crow over there. Yep, you have to eat crow.”

“It sounds disgusting. What next? Do you top it with the hair of a goat?”

“Of course not. That would be silly.”

“Oh, and so far it has all been so logical?”

“Well of course it’s logical! This is a very special pie and you need very special ingredients.”

“Okay, okay. Sorry. What do you do next?”

“Next is the topping. And this is the most crucial part. Without this top crust, the pie would taste of defeat.”

“Well, what is it? What could possibly make this pie taste like anything other than defeat?”

“You must cover this pie with grace and forgiveness.”

“Although the top crust sounds pleasant, I really don’t want any of your pie, if you don’t mind.”

“Actually, I made this pie for myself.”

“Why?”

“Remember yesterday when I was so angry because you were sitting at the Master’s feet while I did all the cooking and cleaning? And remember how He gently reminded me that the more important thing was to do just as you were, to sit at His feet and take in all He had to offer?”

“Yes, I remember. I thought it made you mad when He said that.”

“It did, it did. But you know, He was right. And I owe you and Him an apology. Just a minute, let me cut myself a piece of this pie first. There. Okay, I’m ready. Please forgive me for my anger and selfishness. I was wrong.”

“That’s okay, Martha. I forgive you. Hey, how does that pie taste, by the way?”

“Actually, it’s not so bad! The crow goes down a little rough, but that crust sweetens it just right. Not so bad at all.”

“Well, I hope I never have to eat it.”

“I hope you don’t, either. But it’s almost worth it, just so you can taste the grace and forgiveness.”

“Maybe so…but crow?? Ew.”


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Jan Ackerson 01/11/07
I liked this a lot--clever and sparkling dialog.

It threw me a bit when you tossed Mary and Martha into the mix, as "eat crow" is a very modern idiom. Perhaps if you made it a more generic transgression--the lesson would resonate with more readers?

All-dialog pieces are difficult to pull off, but you did a super job.
Sharlyn Guthrie01/11/07
I love the way your piece was crafted entirely from dialogue. I will carry this concept of humble pie with me forever!
David Summers01/15/07
Well done.
I've had more than enough of my share of crow.
It does go down easier mixed with a healthy portion of forgiveness
Leigh MacKelvey01/17/07
The dialog is witty and real,
crow ..ew! Great job.