Happy birthday to you

It is after 11:30, so I am barely scraping this post in. What did I do today that kept me from writing? Oh, you know the usual. I cleaned. I hung out with my sister. And of course it was my mom’s amazing surprise party which went off beautifully (if I do say so myself, J).
It was a pleasure to see so many familiar faces, and to meet some new ones who are important in my mom’s life. She is a pretty special woman (hi, Mom! I know you’re reading!) and it was inspiring to feel the love for her in that room. People came from across the country to be there with her, and I was very grateful to everyone who showed up, pitched in, and made her feel appreciated.

Mom writes a couple of blogs here on wordpress, Shoe on the Other Foot and Year of Becoming Neater. Shoe on the Other Foot is about aging (in a broad sense) and one of the very clear messages I have learned from my mom’s life is that adventure, passion, and bravery don’t have to fade away through the years. They can become an even stronger, more powerful part of a life. At 25 and in a culture that worships youth, that is a reassuring message.

Mom has a piece of art in her kitchen that says, “There are things you do because they feel right & they may make no sense & they may make no money & it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other & to eat each others’ cooking & say it was good.” This trip, this party, this is one of those things.

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