A milestone birthday. One I couldn't even imagine as a child; teenager; young woman; mother; grandmother. My mom, 2 grandfathers and a grandmother didn't make it this far.
Planned: Dinner out with one daughter and a home cooked dinner with the other. A birthday box from out-of-state son. (assumption)
Time for the birthday eve dinner with my daughter and grandson. A little b.d. shopping at Cato and then a hunt for the "new vegetarian restaurant" nearby. Driving out of town and enjoying the turning leaves, bare trees and green pines. Strange place for any restaurant. Then we saw a sign and pulled into the driveway. Seemed deserted-no answer at 2 side doors; no cars; no people. I was beckoned to come around back and we entered the unlocked back door. Still seemed deserted; took a split-second before I saw the streamers, balloons, people (my people) smiling and surprising and delighting me with their presence for the whole weekend in a lovely guesthouse!
The boys from Brooklyn, the girls and their (and my) loved ones. Family working and planning for months! A comprehensive menu hanging on the fridge (not frog/gotta love spell check), food supplies in cupboards, activity plans, physical gifts and the supreme gifts of time, thoughtfulness, caring and love.
Such a wonderful milestone celebration! (scary Milton backstory for another time) So grateful for these babies become children, become adults, become friends of my heart.
I am a writer living in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. I enjoy thrift shopping, working in the garden, singing karaoke and spending time with my children and grandchildren. I have only recently started writing, and one of my poems, "Song 4 You" has already been adapted to music by my son, David Lee Rotten (of Naked Highway), and will be released in early 2015 on his debut solo album/video project Bound.