This picture is of a pie. A pie which I never had before in my life. I never even heard of the name of the pie ever in my life. I bought this pie at Martin’s grocery store. This is a Wet Bottom Shoefly Pie. To me… odd name of a pie… and not even sure if the name of the pie actually describes what kind of pie you are eating.
This pie… this Wet Bottom Shoefly Pie is not wet; it does not have a “wet” bottom. In fact, I would even assume that it is closer to feeling dry, than wet. So, not too sure why they call it a “Wet Bottom.” I even wonder if there is a “Dry Bottom” Shoefly Pie. Oh, and just so you all know, I have not done any research for this pie whatsoever. I am literally writing about this pie, without any knowledge about this pie... only using the powers of my observation of this pie.
So… not wet at all. Also, there seems to be no shoe or fly involved. And I have no idea what a shoefly is. Is it a type of fly? Or maybe Shoefly is the name of a city or town? Or maybe it is some kind of idiom/slang that I am not familiar with. I just know, I have never heard the term “Shoefly” in my life. My Korean parents never spoken to me about a “Shoefly.”
So, the only thing about this Wet Bottom Shoefly Pie I can understand is that it is certainly a pie. But it’s not wet, and it does have shoes or included flies, or whatever. I know it’s a pie because it is in the shape of a pie.
This is so interesting to me because with most pies, you know what you are getting by the name of the pie. For example, apple pie… no surprise, there are apples in it. Peach pie, you can imagine what ingredient is in a peach pie. Pumpkin pie. Yup... you guessed it, pumpkin! Now… Wet Bottom Shoefly Pie. I only have questions, and zero answers to what this thing is.
What is wild to me is that I ate it. As a matter of fact, I just finished the whole pie, the picture you see was the very last slice. I ate it all… all 8 slices of the pie. And I still have questions about this pie. That is what is in a Wet Bottom Shoefly Pie. I assumed that if I kept eating more, I’d nail down what kind of pie it is. But the last slice, down the gullet, and now I am writing this blog… and I have no idea what I just ate. I ate 8 slices, the whole pie on my own… today… from 9:00am till 2:05pm. I have never eaten this much pie in my life.
I have no idea what I ate, I do not even know what it tastes like. Maybe figs? I don’t know. Now what is strange, is that you think, since I ate the entire pie, I must have enjoyed the pie. To be honest, I don’t know if I like it or not. It’s not bad, nor does it get the top prize of best pie. It is a pie, I ate it, all of it, and no idea how I feel about this pie.
Again, I have no idea what I ate, I do not understand the name of the pie, and I have no idea if I like it or not. It is like a Trinity of questions concerning this pie.
Which is probably perfect as we move in Transfiguration Sunday this weekend. The narrative in which Jesus transfigures into Three entities… kind of like the Triune God. One person in three persons. Confusing right? I know. It’s confusing like this Wet Bottom Shoefly Pie. Trinitarian God, 1 God, 3 persons, many questions… or maybe traditionally… three questions… like this Wet Bottom Shoefly Pie. Even this pie has three words… WET BOTTOM SHOEFLY. Three words, three questions, and no answers! Yep, definitely sounds like how God operates.
Oh, and if you are wondering whether I read the label of the pie… I did…many times… and yet questions still exist. The label about a Wet Bottom Shoefly Pie… just lists all cooking ingredients… but there’s no main product about the pie. It’s like flour, butter, sugar, wheat flour, molasses, canola oil and a bunch of other stuff that sounds scientific. I do not understand.
Maybe the closest thing in understanding our loving Trinitarian God is all found in the Wet Bottom Shoefly pie. So, this pie is the closest thing to heaven we are ever going to get. God bless you all.
Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).