Fly-By-Pieing: The Memoir

There was an important question that was certain to fly across all the children’s lips as they entered the church for their final night of Vacation Bible School. Which of them had won? Was it the boys or the girls? They wasted no time taunting one another about it, but – more importantly – taunting the two adults who had been volunteered as the sacrificial lambs for this messy event.

An announcement was made at the beginning of the assembly that the official count had been registered and was enclosed on the tiny piece of folded paper, gloriously raised for everyone’s inspection. Who could’ve guessed that these hundred or so kids who had been able to rumble the meditation rooms of heaven all week long had the ability to sit so breathlessly silent even for 10 seconds or so? They obviously wanted to assure there was no mistaking the outcome when it was finally pronounced.

After all, they’d brought their meager treasures all week long, dropping their cans in the appropriately designated box, whether it be the one marked “Boys” or “Girls.” They had carefully selected their mission project before the week had begun, deciding upon restocking our town’s food bank, so those less fortunate than themselves wouldn’t go hungry.

But their little eyes showed the hunger of savages, as if they were planning to take their roles in Lord of the Flies. The pastor and I stood by, exchanging nervous grins, knowing one of us was soon to be selected for – no, make that as – the sacrifice. The other, of course, would get the honor of disbursing the sentence. I felt akin to a gladiator, of sorts, come to think of it.

A slow rumble, then a chant, began from one side, then the other, as the little paper was unfolded. The official raised her hand for silence and order to be reestablished before she’d pronounce the final verdict.

Ferocious screams of triumph went up as air flew from my chest. This time…victor!

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See how helpful I was being (in the competitive spirit that I hadn’t been the “winner”, per se!)

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Perhaps I got a little carried away in my pie administrative duties…


Thought I’d share this little event in story form as part of the Trifecta challenge this week:

This week we are asking for a 33- to 333-word response using the word:


 FLY (intransitive verb)  (3rd definition)





 Please note that the above examples of the third definition use various tenses of the verb.  For Trifecta, remember, you must not change the tense.  We need fly, not flying or flew.


  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • If your post doesn’t meet our requirements, please leave your link in the comments section, not in the linkz.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone. Please join us.

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19 thoughts on “Fly-By-Pieing: The Memoir

  1. We had a similar idea with our bible school this year. I am the Director of Missions and following up on our mission trip to Belize last year I laid out a plan to gather materials and money for this year’s shoe box campaign. We had a “penny parade” asking the children to bring pennies, one night, then nickels, dimes and finally quarters. We also asked for soap one night, wash cloths, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

    As a motivation I told the kids whichever class brought the most could “pie” me. The response was fabulous and they really did get their money;s worth with the pies. I plan to add this sometime soon and hope you will take a peek.

  2. Kids do love competition! If the ‘winner’ gets a pie in the face, I think I’d rather be a loser…unless it was a chocolate creme pie- in that case, leave the tin and I’ll take care of the rest.

  3. Very positive, joyful and filled with goodness. Thank younfor sharing such a fun-filled moment that, at its’ core, was accomplishing so much good for others, too. Been there, done that many times over my career and will always be happy to do it again if, by participating, it encourages children to work together for the benefit of others. You are definitely one of the Good Ones, Jody.

  4. Ah…giving is made so much easier when there is the promise of a pie in someone’s face at the end. It sounds like you run a great VBS!

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