A Pie For Mikey
12 Aug 2011 4 Comments
I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked to explain Twitter, and for that matter other various forms of social media as well, to friends, family, coworkers, and strangers. The truth is, it is difficult to explain the pull behind a site that only allows you to communicate with 140 characters or less. And yet what I saw this week summed up why I feel a need to tweet.
Social media is about community. Community with people who have similar goals and interests to yours. Twitter in particular is a great place to connect with people with similar interests. For me, one of the things that has meant is finding other people that love cooking. I follow their blogs, drool over the pictures they post, try their recipes, visit restaurants they’ve recommended, and get their advice for problems in the kitchen.
But it doesn’t stop there.
I’ve seen pictures from around the world through the vacations they have been on, cheered them on as they took on new challenges, joined together to hold an annual Food Bloggers Great American Bake Sale and more.
Last weekend, Jennifer Perillo’s (blogger behind In Jennie’s Kitchen) husband suddenly passed away of a heart attack. There was no warning. No chance for goodbyes. And when I think about their two little girls, my heart just breaks. I’ve never met Jennie, and yet as different bloggers shared this week I feel like I got a glimpse into who they are. (Read this post from Gluten Free Girl to get your own glimpse). Hearing the story made me want to tell everyone in my family how much I love them and how much they mean to me, because the reality is that life isn’t always fair and we don’t always get a warning before it’s too late.
Jennie’s husband loved Peanut Butter Cream Pie and asked that in memory of Mikey people make a pie and share it with those they love. So today, I made a Creamy Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey. And I thought about how much I love my family and planned my next trip home because the next trip to see them won’t be soon enough for me.
And as I read posts from one blogger after another about #apieformikey I am reminded of how much community has been built through social media. It is truly amazing to read about all of the people who have made #apieformikey today. And that will be my answer to those who don’t understand the mystery of Twitter and social media.
*Update…Take a minute to read this list of posts about #apieformikey