Samantha sighed as she mentally checked off her grocery list. The essentials only. She didn’t have time for non-essentials, like milk or cereal or pasta. She swiped each container with a Lysol wipe as she unloaded her grocery cart at the store, and then swiped the seven items again when unloading the grocery bag once she reached home.
But just in case, Samantha washed her hands with soap and water at her kitchen sink, singing, “happy birthday to me,” twice, before drying each finger with her cheery yellow kitchen towel.
Happy birthday to her, indeed. Alone. No friends invited because, to be real, no friends would come during this virus scare. Each one was safely encased in their own sanitized home.
So, finally, Samantha could celebrate her birthday the way she wanted to.
Just French Silk Chocolate Pie. From her mom’s recipe. Back in the day, her mom never made her a boring vanilla cake with chocolate icing. Or a boring chocolate cake with vanilla icing.
Samantha begun to sing softly, “It’s my party and I’ll bake what I want to, bake what I want to…”
Back in the day, 50 years ago, Samantha’s mom made a special dessert from an old recipe of her great-grandmom’s. French Silk Chocolate Pie. Samantha loved that birthday dessert, even though she only got one slice since she had to share the pie with her five siblings.
But now, at 60 years of age, Samantha creamed the butter and sugar, melted the dark chocolate and blended it all together with some vanilla and a dash of salt, chuckling that she wouldn’t have to share it with anyone.
She cracked one egg, whisked for three minutes, then the second egg, whisk, then the third. As she whipped up the heavy cream with a ½ cup of confectioner’s sugar, she didn’t miss her friends, either, or not having a birthday party.
She scooped the chocolate mixture into her just-baked piecrust, which she then placed in the refrigerator and set the timer for 120 minutes.
Her mouth watered as she sat down to read a good book, sipping on a glass of Cabernet. In two hours, her birthday would be the Best. One. Ever.