Some may say that it’s the sea breeze, or the Mexican Sol, but I think it’s the culture. It’s a way in you greet one another with interest, with respect and a grateful heart. It’s about the harmony of conversation, the fundamentals in connecting and ability to interact with selfless intent.
When one thinks of Mexico, the notion of the perfect pie doesn’t come to mind, right? Perhaps fresh fish, tacos or lime slices. But pies? Well, one drifts off to musings of ‘grandma’, or so that is what Julie Barrett has found with her customer base at the Village Square of Harmony.
I always enjoy indulging in fresh squeezed limonada, fish tacos and coconut desserts, but what I find even more fulfilling is when I meet a kindred spirit. An apprentice in their field with a love for the culinary arts, which is why my recent trip to Mexico I found myself fulfilled when speaking with Ju Ju the pie lady. She is this gorgeous woman from the inside out. A Midwesterner at heart that understood the metaphor of my book, Peeled Apart to Find the Heart when I explained to her why I was asking so many detailed questions about her pie and happiness making business. We discussed lard, magic ingredients in her famous pie crusts and the top secret and most coveted Banana Split pie. After she learned of my cookbook, she told me about her Mango Raspberry Pie that has just the slightest hint of cinnamon. It’s like with anything, if you take yourself out of your treadmill of life to peel off that layers of over commitment, anger and fear to simply listen without intention, you may well be on the thrill ride of your life. One will never know unless they practice this sacred art of listening.
She imparted the love involved in the process of making pies and the art itself, which in some circles is becoming a lost tradition. This is one of the many lessons that I’ve learned through my book talks workshops over the years. It underscores the paramount importance of taking time to build relationships, document and transfer knowledge of family traditions. In many parts of the world, it is essential to listen with humility to what others have to say and find ways to make basic connections. I was reminded why my work is so important as a communications and communities advisor and coach. It’s the only way forward. I would like to thank Ju Ju the Pie Lady whose pie’s I’ve never tasted for practicing this art and willingness to share her story, as it provided the sustenance I needed during a Mexican escapade.