With a hue the color of a lemon just finishing its metamorphosis from green to yellow, the pies my maternal grandmother used to make took center stage on our dining room table. The lightly browned peaks on the lemon meringue pies crested over the soft yellow interior tumbling from one side to another.
“Grandma! Grandma! Can I have some pie?” I would inevitably ask as soon as I returned home from elementary school. But, the carefully prepared dessert was reserved for after dinner. I knew as much, yet I could not keep myself from asking.
If it had been a hot day, the meringue might be slightly speckled and glistening, the air bubbles whipped into the egg whites having a bit of a hard time withstanding the heat.
Yesterday I returned home from visiting her. She lived independently until age ninety-four; and, although she has suffered a chain of events in the last six weeks that would not allow her to stand in a kitchen and make a pie, I know she would remember those grand desserts.
It wouldn’t surprise me if she kicks this pneumonia stuff and transitions into assisted living soon. Maybe I should bake a pie in her honor and have it sitting prominently in the room when she moves in.
Visiting a care facility, we see the fragile part of life. In a park about a half mile from the nursing home, I saw vibrant life. I saw green things growing with bugs, birds, and beetles moving about. I went to that park after each visit to help me further accept the cycle of birth, life, and death. While I cannot say I am further along accepting those bigger life issues, I can say I envision a grand dessert sitting atop a picnic table with a little boy or girl just waiting for dinner to be done, and a grandmother smiling.