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Pies by Harry’s: our Father’s Day tradition

As we have grown apart, my father and I don’t share much. But we do have our day, one of pies, tradition and Harry’s Cafe de Wheels.

 

 

As reluctant as I am to admit it, over the years my father and I have drifted apart. My busy life has meant little time for the two of us, leaving us with little in common. Little but our tradition.

Each year for Father’s Day, we meet for pies. Same wharf, same spot, same roster. My Dad and I, looking out across the bay, where the boats are moored.

Over the years, as I’ve grown, and we’ve grown apart, the topics we share have dwindled. As soon as the repetition of the waves speak for us, we fall back to our old topic, the pies. We muse on the worthiness of the crunch, the boldness of the contents. We fictionalise the life of the first person to put peas on a pie, and the difficult time they must have had in convincing the unenlightened that they weren’t crazy.

 

One day a year, we focus on the small things; the hunt for a park, the walk to the pie shop in, the dithering in front of the menu, the aroma that ferries us to the wharf.

 

The pie matters, because the day matters. Beyond Christmas phone calls and birthday lottery tickets in the mail, we have little else.

One day a year, we focus on the small things; the hunt for a park, the walk to the pie shop in, the dithering in front of the menu, the aroma that ferries us to the wharf.

It’s an aspect of growing up. You understand who your parent is, and who they aren’t. We grow, and have children, as we attempt to undo the mistakes our parents made. And while they’re no longer the figure you deify and fear, they still have great wisdom to impart. My father’s great lesson is his distrust of shoddy craftsmanship, explained by a pie crust. If you don’t wear it, it’s not worth it, is his mantra.

As far as my father and I are concerned, there’s only one pie shop: Harry’s Café de Wheels.

This Father’s Day will be more of the same, our annual voyage to the pie shop. But one identical day in the future, our tradition will be forever changed. But while the roster will change, the tradition will not.

Soon, I’ll have a child. Soon they’ll accompany me to the same wharf, and I’ll know that sometimes there’s nothing to say beyond the benefits of a good park, the names of the boats we’ll never own, and the importance of a crust you can wear.

 

 

Harry’s Café De Wheels is helping celebrate tradition this Father’s Day. They’re offering one of their legendary pies for $5.90 and one free for your dad if he’s there with you. This offer is only available at their Darling Harbour store.

 
 
 

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