Pi Day has one last small gift for us and this one is a gem.
As promised, on Thursday I taught the regular visiting scholars from China about Pi Day in our English conversation class. We started by going over to pie phrases or sayings:
As American as apple pie.
Pie in the sky.
As simple as pie.
Pie ala mode.
I told them “ala mode” was French and I didn’t know what it means (sometimes in a second language it’s hard to know what to focus on and what to let go), but in English it means pie with ice cream.
One of the other volunteers looked up ala mode and guess what?! It means fancy. You can have pie or you can have fancy pie. Either way, you’re having pie, what kind do you want?
In a year where practice celebration is my word for the year, I’ve been thinking since Thursday do I want to live Life or live Life ala mode?
Life or Fancy Life?
Life ala mode has an eye out for the small things and weaves joy and celebration in, knowing and understanding life is going to come as you with the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly. It’s not about so-called fancy cars or clothes or vacations. Instead, it’s about noticing what’s going on around you. The smile of the cashier, the smell of changing seasons in the air, sending the funny text (not just intending to), calling a friend just to say “I like you.”
Niece #4 turned to me Saturday night as we gathered to eat pizza and pie in honor of pi day, and it might have been all the sugar coursing through her veins, though I’d prefer to think it was the love of math, and shrieked, “I’m so thankful I have a math nerd aunt and mom who let us celebrate Pi Day!”
Me too, dear one. Me too. We are living life ala mode.
Where have you had a Life Ala Mode moment this week?