“If life could just stay ‘HyVee Pizza on Saturday'”

The title is a quote from Melissa. We were having one of those precious married couple conversations last night – the kind that get run out of town by all the busy stuff. We were talking about our thoughts of God, memories of special people and moments – all that stuff from the heart, in no rush.

Her pizza insight came as we reflected on Joey. He was getting nestled in for bed, watching movies and chuckling a lot. He knows when it is Friday and that means the next day will be donuts in the morning and pizza in the evening. Joy in life’s simple blessings – if only we could keep our hearts and minds in that place.

Although he’s a man of simple pleasures, Joey’s not about just any donuts or pizza. They have to be from the local HyVee market. Breakfast has to be “brown donuts,” the simple glazed ones. No crullers, no fillings, no special flavors or textures.

And the pizza has to be traditional (thick) crust pepperoni. Not thin crust, not two-topping. And it needs to come home in the brown cardboard HyVee box.

It really hit me today how special this weekly order is to Joey. Really, to all of us.

Pizza Box Some friends came up with this creative birthday present for Joey. They have a big family – each of them made a card for him in the shape of a pizza slice (pepperoni, of course!) and they assembled these in a HyVee pizza box – along with a store gift card for his next pizza. An excellent gift and we keep it on display.

I usually hit the gym early on Saturday morning, and am able to run by the market and arrive home with Joey’s treats just as he’s waking up. But they make up the pizzas fresh each day, so the shelves are empty when I get there around 7:00. I have to ask the girl in the deli area to make one with Joey’s specifications. Today I sent an email to the market about this,

Dear Management of HyVee Sioux Falls #6 (57th & Cliff),

I come in pretty much every Saturday morning around 7 a.m. I have an autistic son who loves HyVee pizza, and he has it every Saturday. But he’s very specific – it has to be pepperoni on traditional crust.

The young woman in your Italian [note: if you call the store they pronounce it EYE-talian] department always makes one up for me if there aren’t any in the front cooler. I really appreciate this. I can see she’s working hard getting set up for the busy day, so for her to take time and make something special for my son really means a lot. I appreciate your store and all who work there.

Got a nice note back from a manager,

Thank you very much for the e-mail. I will make sure & give a “Hy-Vee Hy-Five” to the employees.

I hope you have an excellent weekend without the snow falling!

So right. No snow, moderate temperatures (and sunshine!), and Joey is all smiles about HyVee donuts and pizza. Simple blessings for which to give thanks. “Normal” stuff that makes life “excellent.”

Melissa and I concluded that when Joey moves to a group home some time next year, we will most likely build a regular weekend visit with him around picking up a HyVee pizza to serve him here at the house.

There’s a spiritual power to these little routines. It’s in God’s design to mark rhythms of life, and to see the divine hand in all that they bring,

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:14-15 ESV)

2 thoughts on ““If life could just stay ‘HyVee Pizza on Saturday'”

  1. Tim, I do so appreciate your writing and the many posts that you direct us to. God’s blessings to you and your family. Serving Christ in love, mark

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