BJ was excited as she opened the invitation. "Who was it from," she wondered.
YOU ARE INVITED TO THE GRAND OPENING OF OUR PEARL SHOP WITH OUR SPECIAL GUEST FIRST LADY MARTHA WASHINGTON, TODAY AT 2:00.
"What had happened to make her invitation late," she wondered.
She could hardly wait as she dressed and saddled up Dobbin.
"Giddy-up Dobbin, giddy-up," yelled BJ, as Dobbin her pony galloped toward the pearl shop in town. "I hope I have time to talk to the First Lady before she leaves the shop," yelled BJ to Dobbin.
BJ arrived at the shop just as the shop keeper put the 'closed' sign on the door.
"Oh please may I come in and speak with Martha? I've wanted to meet her for a long, long time."
The shop keeper told BJ that Martha was leaving as soon as she paid for her purchases. He suggested she wait outside for her.
It wasn't long before Martha opened the door and started toward her carriage, which was waiting.
"Hello, my name is BJ and this is my pony Dobbin," she said pointing to Dobbin at the hitching post. I have wanted to meet you for a long, long time Miss Martha. Would you have time to visit with me?"
"Hello BJ, why don't you and Dobbin follow my carriage back to the President's House, where my cook Samuel Frances, will have hot spiced gingerbread, from my own recipe, and hot tea that just arrived to us from India. You'll love the gingerbread BJ. It is served every Thursday for George's guests."
"Oh I would love to follow you back to your home for tea and gingerbread. My mom makes ginger bread but I'll be anxious to try yours," said BJ as she mounted Dobbin.
It was quit a distance back to the President's House, and she was ready for her delicious snack, as they arrived.
Martha told her coachman to tie Dobbin to the hitching post, as she led BJ to the parlor. "Please sit while I get Samuel to serve our tea and gingerbread," said Martha.
BJ waited patiently until Martha arrived with Samuel, who was carrying a beautiful silver tray with fresh tea and hot spiced gingerbread, which filled the room with wonderful aroma.
"Does Samuel have other duties?" asked BJ, as Samuel left the room.
"Besides being our cook, he also organizes the many duties of the other workers in the kitchen."
"Martha would you mind telling me about your life, while we're having our snacks?"
"Please call me Patsy. I'll tell you why as I tell my story. I was born Martha Dandridge..."
TO BE CONTINUED IN MY NEXT CHILDREN'S HISTORY BOOK: BJ & DOBBIN MEET THE PRESIDENTS AND FIRST LADIES.