Hamburger Pie

Day 10 – Writing 101: Today we write about a childhood favorite meal – in our own distinctive voice. Okay then. The question is, what is my distinctive voice?

Yes, you read the title correctly. Hamburger Pie. Say it with me, slowly.

Ham

Burger

Pie

Is it a hamburger? Is it a pie? Oh yes, it is.

That’s how I remember my excitement back when I was 11, maybe 13. I remember this, not because it was such a fantastic meal, but because I invented it. I set out to create something for my birthday meal, and I delivered a hamburger pie.

It was delicious. It was beyond delicious. It was empowering.

When I was a kid, I don’t remember being “accomplished” at many things. In fact, I was probably pretty lazy at most things. It wasn’t even laziness. It was apathy. I just didn’t care too much to really push myself to do anything. I was good at school. It came easy to me, so why strain myself? I kept at a good average and coasted my way through academics. There was no desire. No drive.

But this, this was different. I actually wanted to create something. I had a desire to do something that I hadn’t the first clue in how to begin it. I wasn’t a cook. There was no buried chef deep within me clawing to be free. I simply decided one day that I wanted to make something brand new, and so I did it.

And it was good. It was so good.

But, then I went back to my apathy. It was good for that one time, but the desire was finished after that. Of course, there are probably a million reasons that lie underneath that apathy, but that is a post for another time.

It wasn’t until years later that I really appreciated this hamburger pie: When I left home and was on my own and apathy was an old nightmare that I vaguely remembered. Regret was my new friend. Regret that I had let apathy have such a hold on me for so long.

So, I made hamburger pie again for friends.

Only, they told me that they’d had it before.

Wait, what?

I invented it. How could they possibly have had it before?

It turns out that I’m not the culinary genius I may have thought, but it didn’t matter by this time in my life. Honestly, today I wouldn’t eat the dish. Thanks to my wife, I do try and eat a bit healthier.

What I realized, though, is that I could do something if I really desired to do it. It didn’t matter if I had no experience and no idea on how to begin. I could do it. I could do it and it would be good.

It would be very good.

I still struggle with keeping this thought in mind, but much of my life has been defined by at least trying. There’s a task in front of me, an obstacle that seems insurmountable, and I go for it. Usually, I find a way.

Now, this isn’t because of my own doing most of the time. This is because I know where to go for resources and answers. It’s the geniuses around me.

I guess that’s why I look back on hamburger pie as my favorite childhood meal. It wasn’t because it was mind-blowing yummy, but because it was my first taste in knowing I can accomplish something.

Nothing sheds the pounds of apathy like a delicious meal of empowerment.

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9 thoughts on “Hamburger Pie

    1. It was a 9 x 13 baking pan (if I remember right) with pillsbury crescent rolls laid out. I cooked up ground beef loose like a sloppy joe, mixed it with BBQ sauce, and then poured that over the crescent rolls. I sprinkled that with cheese, and then put more crescent rolls over top of that like a top pie crust. I then backed it according to the instructions for the crescent rolls. That was it. I was a kid, didn’t care for veggies. Crazy, I know.

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  1. That last line is amazing! It’s easy to struggle with apathy and laziness, but finding something to passionate and creative for really is empowering.

    I seem to remember adding cinnamon to my ramen noodles at age 13, so hamburger pie is a big culinary step up from that.

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