Friends and relatives were often invited for food and celebrating.
Yet, through the years, we've sort of grown out of the habit of celebrating birthdays
...case in point:
Oh don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for every birthday we get to enjoy as a family. We just don't necessarily pull out all the stops to celebrate. Why that is....I'm not real sure.
However, this year, is a milestone year, we would indeed celebrate.
with a birthday toast with most every meal....
As the real day started to approach, I was back in the mode of thinking no big deal. But, along comes my friend MB.
Thursday, I casually mentioned that it was another friend's 50th in about 10 days, and within less than a day, fabulous hostess that MB is, had managed to let everyone know it would be a double party and even made sure that some of SR's favorites were invited.
Now that's my kind of hostess...MB, if you read this, thank-you, thank
So Saturday night we gathered for a celebration. Perhaps it was a bit of dementia, but I found myself celebrating....as if it were my 21st (if you get my boozy drift).
Note to others: the fruit in Sangria? Packs a powerful punch that is likely to induce a serious case of Sangria Flu the next day.
Ah, but it was a good time. We laughed, and giggled, and even reflected on the true gifts in our lives....and then we recalled how just 10 short years ago, several of us had gathered for a 40th birthday.
Where did the years go?
- Ten years ago, we were giddy at being out without the kids under foot. A slumber party at The Embassy Suites. Girlfriends, junk food and movies...bring.it.on!
- Ten years ago college talk involved reminiscing of the good old days of our own college years, not thinking it would soon be time for our kids to start applying to colleges. Suddenly those "road trip stories " to Ft. Collins that I thought were a blast? Yeah, they mean something different through the parent lens. CH and MM...10 years ago...
- 10 years ago, we knew that with the good friends by our side, we could face many of challenges. 10 years later, we have discovered first hand how much truth was in such a statement.
For we have held the hands of our friends as they have lost a sibling,
- We've reassured one another through times of unemployment and return to the work force.We've supported one through weight losses and gains.
- 10 years ago, we searched for the perfect chick flick (we watched Thelma and Louise then) and realize that...Hollywood has yet to create the perfect milestone birthday movie...(Hollywood, can you work on fixing that by my 60th? Thanks!)
- 10 years ago, we hoped that we'd be together for the long run....and while we know that life offers no such promises and guarantees I do know that what my parents taught me so many years ago...
and that ."There is always room for more" ...
Remain as true as ever...
And that what they say about 50?
Yep, so far it's rocking!