Just a thought. Apple pies are the same everywhere give or take a few ingredients according to whose version it is. In the same manner that beef stew, carrot cakes, rib steaks or whatever gorgeous dish put together comes out. Most likely the basic ingredients are the same. Well, almost.
But I'm more inclined to believe that it's not the apple pie per se that's special, no matter how scrumptious it is to the bite. But rather the person who took the time, trouble, effort, and passion to make or create it .... in this case, greatgrandma who believed in her old gentle heart that it's s-p-e-c-i-a-l.
So that's how it all begun..... somebody there from where it all started believed that it was special. And so it is! Maybe that was what God had in mind when He created us. Oh boy, that makes us SPECIAL -- what lovely thought!
Another line from the Kung Fu Panda says it beautifully........
'TO MAKE SOMETHING SPECIAL ...
YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IT'S SPECIAL.'
-- Mr. Ping, Po the Warrior Panda's goose father