Peanut Butter, Love, & Loss… Pies for Mikey

Monday morning I read a tweet that stopped me in my tracks from Jennifer Perillo from In Jennie’s Kitchen.  “He’s gone. Any [sic] my heart is shattered in a million pieces.”  Then I saw a link to a post entitled One Last Dance, that was when I learned that Mikey, Jennifer’s husband, had suddenly died from a heart attack.

I don’t know Jennie in “real life”, just through tweets exchanged and a blog thoroughly enjoyed.  I have thought of Jennie and her girls all week- have stopped and taken a little moment each day to send them a little love each time they’ve popped into my head.  Losing my parents was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to navigate and I just can’t imagine what it’s like for those little girls, so young. The thought of losing a partner is gut-wrenching and my heart is filled with tenderness for Jennie. Her gorgeous and courageous post about her last date with Mikey is such a reminder to cherish the ones we love.

Earlier this week, Jennie asked that everyone who could, make Mikey’s favorite, Peanut Butter Cream Pie, today—the day of his memorial service.  As many of you know, I am moving house, pie making can’t really happen right now, but here are some links to those who made pies.

This post is dedicated with love and compassion to Jennie Perillo and her family and to my husband, Joshua, who I love with my entire being. I am lucky to spend each day with you.
My wedding day- in Maui 2005


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  1. says

    A beautiful momento for Jennie and her girls. What a legacy these posts will leave. I have not lost someone as close to me as my parents or significant other, but I have lost. I cannot imagine the sadness this family is feeling today, but I hope with all my heart that the outpouring of this community makes one tiny rainbow in their rainshower.

    Here is my post:

  2. foodpluswords says

    this is a beautiful post, Sabrina. as soon as i learned that Jennifer's husband had passed away, i immediately clung to my soon-to-be husband. life is so short, and so fragile. things can change in an instant. Jennifer is right when she says that the only guarantee we have is today, here and now. i'm making an effort to live more consciously, and be more present. i don't want to take anything or anyone, especially my fiance for granted.

    here's my post:

  3. rosemarried says

    Thanks for writing about this (and rounding up posts). I think we had a really similar reaction. It just made me grateful for my husband — I want to live in the moment and be grateful for each day. Thanks for your thoughts, Sabrina.

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