Ah, yes, National Pie Day is upon us. And I would be a failure, dear reader, if I didn't find a way to make the greatest holiday of all a little nerdier for you.
Pie has made appearances throughout children's rhymes my entire life. Four-and-twenty blackbirds baked into one. Mmmm, crow-y. Charming Billy's quest to find a wife, where one of the criteria was her ability to bake a cherry pie. Of course, when I looked up the lyrics to make sure I wasn't mistaken, apparently she also needed the ability to spin. I love the wide-eyed innocence we had as children, whereas now I have to wonder if 'bake a cherry pie' is a euphemism.
Jack Horner? Christmas pie.
Simple Simon? He encounters a pie man, the penniless little moron.
Those naughty kittens lost their mittens, and probably got a beating instead of pie. Because those were the times we lived in when that was written.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get pie for breakfast.