It’s Thursday now. My real birthday was yesterday. But I feel as if I’ve been having celebrations since last Friday when Em, Sofia and Clara arrived to celebrate over the weekend. Alice made a wonderful dinner for us all on Saturday, complete with a huge chicken pot pie with puff pastry crust and a lovely spice cake decorated with my age “66”. It made me want to drive out west or watch Cars again. What is as much fun as sitting at a table with all ones children and grandchildren. Not much that I can think of!
Em & Co. departed on Sunday afternoon but the celebrations were not over yet. My friend Penny invited me down to Holmes County, Amish country, for a huge fabric sale at the Mennonite Central Committee Connections store in Kidron. I don’t really think they realized how many people would come. It took Penny three hours to get through the line. We left for lunch about 4:15pm and drove to Mount Hope to Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen where we dealt with our starvation issues! The waitress overheard that it was my birthday and at the end of the meal we were surprised with the gift of a birthday cake and a group of waitresses and waiters singing “Happy Birthday” to me. It was enchanting. And yesterday, my real birthday, my daughter Alice and newest grandson Stephen and sisters in law Aniko and Susie took me out to lunch at the Vintage House Cafe in Avon. One of the owners there is Hungarian and their menu has a pretty authentic Chicken Paprikash. We also all had stuffed pepper soup, and salad and dessert! Good grief! I chose lemon meringue pie which was the closest I could get to the Angel Pie my mother often made for my birthday. That is a “pie” with meringue instead of pie crust, lemon filling and whipped cream on top which is a delicious memory.
So this was my nearly-a-week of being totally spoiled with birthday celebrations, and now we return to the real world! And what a good world it seems despite all the problems and suffering. A world to meet with a grateful heart.