I have been teary today and its not because of the onions I cut up for our dinner veggie burgers. No, these tears are sad tears. This morning I heard that a senior at our school who has been battling leukemia for the bulk of this year, is in critical condition. As her classmates are preparing for prom this weekend, Christian is in the hospital with her family by her side.
My husband wrote a column in November about Christian, about how she and so many other kids like her who are battling cancer are often times more brave and mature than adults. They have had to face harsh treatments and side effects which have re-shaped their perspectives, and yet these kids never complain. I cannot imagine what it must be like for them and their families.
I do know that Christian has a great group of friends who have been praying for her and encouraging her throughout this tough journey. These friends who have been so loyal are an inspiration to me and many others.
In honor of Christian, and her sweet friends, I decided to bake a strawberry rhubarb pie. I have never had strawberry rhubarb pie before, and certainly have never tried rhubarb, but have wanted to try this pie ever since I heard Garrison Keillor speak about it on Prairie Home Companion. I had to go to three different grocery stores to find the rhubarb, but in the end, it was worth the search. We ate dinner with some friends and colleagues and the pie was a sweet finale to our meal.
Those who have had rhubarb pie before know that it is sweet, but slightly bitter. Sharing a meal with friends and family is sweet, and yet I continue to carry (as many others do right now) the bitter sadness and worry for Christian. Fight like a girl Christian! We are thinking of you and praying for you!
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Prepare crust and press into a 9 inch pie dish
3 cups cut strawberries
3 cups cut rhubarb
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup tapioca pudding
1 tablespoon flour
Mix together all ingredients in a bowl and pour into pie dish. I used a second batch of crust to make lattice pattern on the top. Bake at 375 for 45 minutes.