Surprise for Rebecca

Rrrrring.   Rrrrring.  Rebecca picked up the phone and heard an excited Lanie on the other end.

“Beckie?  It’s Lanie.  I have the BEST idea!  Can you set the garden table and put a summer dress on?  I’ll be home in 15 minutes.”

Rebecca was curious about Lanie’s plans, and jumped into action immediately.  She slipped on a purple chiffon dress and gathered up some place settings.

Beckie table

She poured a pink lemonade and put the tea kettle on for Lanie, who was a nature lover and favored Celestial Seasonings teas with pretty names like Lavender Lemon Lane.  

Everything had been great since joining the family in July, but lately Rebecca was starting to feel worried about a new school.  When she wasn’t worried about the new school, she was worried she was wasting the last few weeks of school being worried! It felt good to be pouring tea and getting ready for… whatever it was Lanie had up her sleeve.

Rebecca Garden Table

Lanie came rushing into the backyard with a big bakery box.  “Beckie, I’m here!!”

Doll Garden Table

“Wow, Lanie! You’re all dressed up too.  What’s in the big box?  Is it someone’s birthday?”

“Nope!  I heard something on the radio today and it gave me an idea… Are you ready to see what I brought home?”

Doll Tea Party

“Ta-da!  It’s a pie!” exclaimed Lanie.

“Wow, it looks delicious.  What kind is it?  And what made you think about buying a pie?”

“It’s National Lemon Meringue Pie Day!  Why don’t you do the honors Beckie and slice it up.”

Queens Treasures Lemon Pie

“I never knew there was such a day,” said Rebecca while she eased a fluffy piece out of the tin.

Lanie said, “It seems like there is a special day for everything these days, but I’m not complaining when it involves pie!  Did you brew a tea for me?  Thank you!”

“Oh, I was happy to do it.  I have to confess that it was a nice distraction.  I’m feeling worried about school starting in September. . .

“I’m sorry to hear that you were worrying, Beckie.  I know you’ll feel better once school starts, but in the meanwhile, maybe we could load up our backpacks with supplies and ask the school secretary if we can find your locker and I can show you around.  I moved in last year in February, and I know it is hard to be new.”

“I already feel so much better just talking to you… and I haven’t even tried the pie yet!”

Lemon Pie Day

Jen says... I recently purchased the pie from The Queen’s Treasures.  Little did I know that it would be just the right prop for National Lemon Meringue Pie Day!  I like the picture of Rebecca serving the pie and the happy feeling that a piece of pie is imminent.

When I took the pictures I didn’t know what story I would write.  Somehow when I hear Lanie’s voice in my head she sounds like Peppermint Patty from the Peanuts.  Our pastor preached this week about asking for help when you are facing difficult times, and I guess that message was on my mind.

Will you be seeking out a piece of lemon meringue today?  Or even making one from scratch?


15 thoughts on “Surprise for Rebecca

    1. Jen Post author

      I do, too! I always think it’s neat when people keep their historical dolls canon, but I don’t like to be restrained! No one here shares Christmas dresses though.


  1. jackylina

    I feel like I had a piece of lemon meringue pie just from reading your story! Lanie is so sweet to be so kind and reassuring to Rebecca! She must have heard the same sermon as you!
    I didn’t have lemon meringue pie, but last week my dad baked the most amazing blueberry peach pie!! Ooo was it good!


    1. Jen Post author

      Blueberry peach sounds amazing. I always think Baking a pie is a real act of love because they are a pain to make.
      After writing this post I will always know how to spell meringue!


  2. Xyra

    Oh no! We’re late to the party! Is there any pie left? I love lemon meringue. Oh well, I’m certain it’s gone by now. Beckie, you’ll be great in school!

    Love this story. Very well done!


    1. Jen Post author

      Thanks for the encouragement, on both counts! My Grandma died last week (age 96) and she always made hardtack. I’m thinking about trying to make it soon because it has been on my mind since you mentioned it in your interesting Pennsylvania Deutsch post.


      1. Xyra

        Such an easy recipe! Go for it!
        So very sorry for your loss. I’m glad you were able to share good times together and that she was around for you.


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