Today is many things in addition to when we literature fans celebrate William Shakespeare’s birth. That seems like as good of a reason to eat lemon meringue pie as I can come up with right now. Of course, there are others. Such as:
- Today is my sister’s first wedding anniversary. Which means that one year ago today, I got up a tad earlier than usual and made her a lemon meringue pie. It was their “bride and groom” celebratory slice as they had pies for their wedding reception rather than cake.
- Lemon meringue pie is a lovely striation of yellow and whites and hues of creamy tans. Always reminds me of sunshine and the beach.
- Lemon meringue pie is both sweet and sour. Rather like life, don’t you think?
- A lemon meringue pie isn’t terribly hard to make but it looks exotic and rarely graces our “everyday” table — it is saved for what seems like special occasions.
- If you do everything right and follow the directions perfectly, the meringue just might weep and pull away from the crust anyway. It will taste exactly the same even if its appearance may seem disappointing. It is a good reminder that sometimes what matters most is not what we see with our eyes but with our other senses.
- Ask any lemon meringue pie eater about what lemon meringue makes them think of…the stories are beautiful and filled with people who made a difference in their lives.
- When the sun shines, like it is today, lemon meringue pie is like sun beams on your tongue.
So today, whip up a lemon meringue pie. Or stop by your local bakery and take home one of their creations. Cut yourself a slice and just sit there for a bit, getting your anticipation to the proper point. And then, if you are really ready, take a bite.
It will be like birthdays and wedding anniversaries and sunny days all rolled into one magnificent taste, only to be surpassed by the second taste.
And if you are really willing to live a little today, use your best china and your fancy wine glasses even if you are going to eat macaroni and cheese out of a box and drink kool-aid. Put vases of fresh flowers around the house. Pull out that linen tablecloth that has to be ironed and has a wine stain from three Thanksgivngs ago. Put on the music that makes your heart soar, perhaps something classical or good jazz. Light candles and put on a clean outfit several steps up from yoga pants and a ratty tee-shirt.
Make today a celebration, even if you will celebrate alone.
Because today is a new spring day and you get to live it. None of us know how many days we will have, so stop saving the best for tomorrow. The best happens when you eat lemon meringue pie just because.
*In case you are not a fan of lemon meringue, please substitute what ever other fancy thing is more appropriate. Tiramisu, or apple pie, or a crisp apple with peanut butter smeared on it. A vanilla milkshake or a G&T out on your deck. A quiet break with a good book and a cup of your favorite tea. Do the thing that will make this day special. And then it will be.
**ps. this was the pie I made Wendy and John for their wedding. Wasn’t it pretty? 🙂