My birthday generally comes and goes with very little fanfare, by my choice. Since being a teenager, I’ve thought my mom should get the celebration day for what she did – all I did was pop out. I’ve actually forgot it was my birthday more than once in my life and I really want to forget the next Medicare eligible one.
But the one this year ended up being pretty special. It started with a trip up to Harrogate (two hours each way) to have a grandparents day lunch with Matthew at his school. When they lived nearby, I usually managed to do this for his pre-school - he's in first grade now. As it turned out, Bev was busy, I had the morning and early afternoon free, and what better way to spend it than sloppy joes at school with Matthew (Bev doesn’t like them so it’s been years since I’ve had one). Turns out, Matthew is just as smart as I always considered him to be, as he took his lunch and had a piece of string cheese, a ham & cheese sandwich, and some grapes. I had the school lunch of sloppy joe, green beans, and spiced apple all from a can and some cold undercooked criss cross potatoes. It's nice to know some things never change - I could have closed my eyes while eating and it would have been 50+ years ago :-).
But it was wellworth the trip to share the event with him, spend time visiting with his mom, dad, and sister and it was a beautiful day for a drive in rural East Tennessee.
After getting back in town, we got cleaned up headed over to our friends, David and Laurie, home for a wonderful birthday dinner of meat loaf (my request), my first ever roasted brussel sprouts, salad, and artisan bread for dunking in olive oil. It was later topped off with warm pralines and peach pie ala mode served on the candlelit screened porch. Of course, the best part was visiting with and getting ever more aquainted with our new friends. It was a great evening and meal and I was to busy enjoying myself to remember pictures - thanks David and Laurie for helping me celebrate.
Thanks to all of you for stopping by and have a super day.