Pie in the Face is a Gift

Day 26 | A Gift

The only time my cousin Pauline and I ever really fought was at a graduation party in the summer of 1990.  I think it was 1990, or maybe it was 1989?

We’d go through the summer spending weeks at a time, at each other’s houses, until the Erie County Fair rolled into town.  That was always our end of summer alarm.   It didn’t matter, though, because we’d already spent a lot of time together; swimming, playing in the backyard, doing our hair and nails, listening to music, making up stories, and whatever else we did as teen-aged girls.

Weeks prior to the graduation party, I’d jokingly said something about how I thought it would be funny to have something like cake smashed in my face.  Or maybe it was to have seltzer water sprayed like they did on the prank shows.   Or maybe it was slime like “You Can’t Do That on Television.”  I really don’t remember!

While at the party we were outside, on the front steps of our church hall, holding platefuls of graduation party desserts (which were totally in major overload.)

“Haven’t you always wanted to have pie smashed in your face?” I blurted out.

“No, not really,” she replied.

“I think it’d be fun!” I exclaimed only to lose my breath in a fistful of Aunt Peggy’s mud pie.

“Oh. My. God.  You BITCH!  This is my new Forenza* outfit.” I yelled.

“But you said….”

“I don’t care what I said,”  I muttered as I took a piece of watermelon and smeared it all over my cousin before I stormed off.

I think we didn’t talk for like 25 minutes after I returned in another outfit.  There was no way that I could be mad at her; we’re blood, and she’s like a sister to me.

*Forenza: Oh, how I loved my blue plaid Forenza vest and cropped pants. I wore it with a white tee shirt and had a matching headband. I was très cool!


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One Response to “Pie in the Face is a Gift”
  1. LOVE IT! Forenza and Outback Red? Sign me up! Loved them both. I was also a fan of Camp Beverly Hills…
    Great dialogue – visiting from Write of Passage. Enjoyed it!

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