A blessing in the ‘pie’

In his recent October general conference talk, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve said that as we live the law of tithing “we often receive significant but subtle blessings that are not always what we expect and easily can be overlooked.”

You could say I received one of those subtle blessings Friday night while standing in the check-out line at Wal-Mart. 

I was sent to the store to buy diapers, wipes and milk, all essential items for a young family. When I had my items, I selected what I thought was the shortest, fastest-moving line, which of course instantly made it the slow line.

The couple in front of me had just a few items, but as the clerk was placing their pumpkin pie into the bag, the lid popped off and the pie fell exposed into the bag. When the clerk pulled it out, a chunk of pie filling was missing, now stuck to the corner of a container of strawberries. The couple didn’t want a damaged pie, so the woman left to retrieve a new one.

This corner of this strawberry container fell into a person's pumpkin pie and so the clerk gave it to me for free!

This corner of this strawberry container fell into a person’s pumpkin pie and so the clerk gave it to me for free!

I continued to wait. The clerk set the damaged pie and strawberries aside and the couple eventually concluded their business (finally).

As the woman behind the counter began scanning my items, she whispered to me in hushed tones, “Do you want the strawberries? They are still good.”

“For free?”

She nodded.

“Heck yes!” I said. My wife and children love strawberries.

When I returned home, I showed my wife the pumpkin-slimed box of strawberries and told her the story.

“Looks like a blessing in the ‘pie,'” she quipped.

We both laughed. One of my favorite things about being a sportswriter is hearing athletes botch cliches. A fellow sportswriter once told me about a Weber State basketball player he had interviewed years ago. After one practice, the player said becoming a Wildcat was “a blessing in the sky.”

“I’m sorry, what did you say?” my friend questioned.

“Coming to Weber State has been a blessing in the sky,” he declared again, unaware of his cliche muff.

What he intended, of course, was “a blessing in disguise.”

So I’m grateful for Friday night’s blessing in the “pie,” a blessing in the “sky,” and a blessing in (pumpkin) disguise.





Trent Toone

My name is Trent Toone and I’m a journalist for the Deseret News, where I write for a variety of feature sections. I was raised in Northern Utah and graduated from the University of Utah in 2003. Since then I have worked for several newspapers and received various awards over my journalism career. I am the author of “No Excuses, No Regrets: The Eric Weddle Story,” the sports biography of San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle. I served an LDS mission to Santiago, Chile, and spent a year teaching seminary. Like my father before me, I am a proud Eagle Scout. My wife Lisa and I have four children and live in Northern Utah. Feel free to contact me by emailing to trent.b.toone (at) gmail (dot) com.

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