A milestone amidst the madness…

Last Thursday, June 11, was my birthday, and I had planned to spend it as I have most every previous one—as just another day—perhaps having a get-together with family and friends. Well, it was made clear to me that turning an age that ends in “0” is not just another day! Of course, as crazy and weird as this year has been, I really didn’t see much reason to treat it any other way. Over the course of the day, however, that would change.

Right around 5:00, as I was relaxing in my lawn chair out front on the driveway, contentedly watching the world go by, I was treated to a parade—a caravan, if you will—made up of ten or so vehicles, full of good friends. Accompanying lots of horn honking, there were plenty of balloons and homemade signs made of poster board, wishing me a happy birthday and congratulating me on reaching this wonderful milestone! 

This type of “drive-by” celebration has been in vogue since the onset of the Covid-19 madness and the “stay-at-home” lockdown. It’s really kind of nice, although it would have been fun to have been able to invite everyone in for more celebrating and shared laughter. As it was, they all made a second loop around the block and came by again. I spent a quick moment as each car pulled up, thanking them for caring enough to participate in a birthday parade in my honor before they left.

For most of the day, I had repeated my wishes to just have the day be nothing more than a normal day, with maybe a quick acknowledgement that I had turned another year older. But that was not to be, and, as it turned out, I’m pretty glad that it all seemed to go against my intended wishes.

Thinking back, I realize that it meant a lot to those who participated in making something special of “my day,” so I guess it was pretty well necessary for me to go along with them, too. In short, it was a wonderful day, from start to finish. It was a bright moment that far outshined the madness.

Balloons aplenty on my “big day.”

Special birthday, special person


It’s time for the inaugural post of a new feature I’ve chosen to title “One Good Thing.” Each weekend, I’ll post something about what has been good to—or for—me during the week. 
Birthday Celebration in Ohio

My mom turned 87 on January 22. Hale and hearty and feisty as ever, she celebrated quietly, resting up from her two-and-a-half month stay at my younger sister’s place in New Castle, Colorado. She returned home on the 17th.

Birthday Girl Pat Anderson

I haven’t seen Mom since before she left for Colorado in early November, so it will be good to do so this weekend as we are traveling to Port Clinton, Ohio. And since we weren’t able to be there to celebrate on the actual day of her birthday, we will do so a week late.

We have a cake from her favorite bakery in Western Springs, Illinois, and we’ll enjoy a dinner at one of her favorite restaurants Saturday evening.

It will be good to take her on her errands and the usual trip to the grocery store or Wal-Mart. It’s far from exciting, but the running out and about is important to her all the same, and one of my regular “duties” I tackle during each visit.

It will be a short visit this time as we will be returning to Illinois Sunday afternoon. There are many miles between our houses, but I never dread making the trip to see her. Happy birthday, Mom.

And that’s one good thing!

Until next time, here’s wishing everyone a good week ahead. 🙂