I wrote about our new neighborhood bakery, Montecito Confections, in a previous post but I have to give the owner another shout out.
Michael’s favorite dessert is lemon meringue pie. He makes a pretty good version himself and fancies himself as a connoisseur. When he sampled Montecito Confections’ pie, he said, “This is the best I’ve ever tasted.” It was that good.
So I started popping into the shop twice a week to pick him up a slice (and to get one of their enormous double chocolate chunk cookies for me). Yesterday I arrived late in the afternoon, just as the bakery was about to close. Michael has had a rough time with his Crohn’s disease lately and I really wanted to get something to cheer him up.
Luckily, there was a whole pie sitting in the refrigerated case. I said hello to Katie, the owner, and told her I was there for my husband’s usual slice and as she lifted the pie out of the case she said, “Why don’t I just give you the whole thing.”
I said, “Are you kidding? The whole pie?”
She said, “I make them fresh everyday, so it would only go to waste. It’s my gift to your husband.”
I was so taken aback – it’s all-too-rare when someone does something really nice for someone else, isn’t it? – but thanked her profusely. I didn’t tell her about Michael’s chronic illness or how difficult life is for him at times (and by extension for me). But as I walked into the house and watched the look on my husband’s face when he saw me holding the pie, I realized that what made Katie’s gesture that much more special was that she didn’t know our whole story; she was simply being kind.