TLP Living: August 23, 2018

A Rare Treat

I seem to have gotten a bit out of sync in my blogging lately, and as an example of that, I am posting this piece on Thursday when it should have run last Monday…

This past weekend our schedule was thrown off a bit by a rare treat of sorts, my Mom’s 95th birthday.  95 seems to be a sort of milestone, and I must admit that I’ve never before had the chance to celebrate 95. My wife, She Who Must Be Obeyed, came up with an idea: We’d put on a celebration and invite everybody; we’d make a weekend of it. People came from as far away as California to take part.

On Saturday we started with a Brunch at our house.

Actually, Saturday started much earlier than that, and it involved more mundane things like cleaning and tidying, but let’s not get into that. SWMBO prepared quite a number of amazing dishes for the Brunch and my hat is off to her, she did a great job. After that we drove out to the Timberlake Play House to see a matinee performance of “Forever Plaid” which was great fun. If you aren’t familiar with it, the Timberlake Play House is a theater and acting company located about 40 minutes from here out in the woods by a lake where young actors and actresses go to hone their skills and to be discovered as many well-knowns have done for several decades now. Of course, later we took the Birthday Girl out for a nice dinner in a restaurant overlooking the scenic Mississippi River.

On Sunday everyone was invited to church where we held the big party after services were over and we had quite a large crowd for the fun. After that, several came back to our house to visit some more. Everything went like clockwork, but here’s the part that threw me out of blogging sync: Apparently, I didn’t get the memo about my son and daughter-in-law staying at our house on Sunday night. Don’t get me wrong, they are a joy, but the guest bedroom is also my work station, and since I missed that particular memo, I hadn’t written Monday’s posts beforehand, so this blog was “dark” on Monday.

Apparently, we all survived that little shock.

A lot of effort goes into these occasions, there’s no denying that, but the people involved are really the point, aren’t they? To see those whom you haven’t seen in a long time, to celebrate someone’s milestone or accomplishment… or just to have an excuse to bring everyone together: That’s the point. To be able to celebrate a 95th birthday at all… not everyone is so lucky, and in this case, the Birthday Girl is able to do all of this− that’s quite a blessing to be thankful for. It’s funny, but we tend to take people and relationships for granted and maybe that’s why these events are so important; they make you consider just how fortunate we really are.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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7 Responses to TLP Living: August 23, 2018

  1. photojaq says:

    This was a wonderful celebration. I hope you didn’t tire your mom out too much. My mom died just before she reached 95. So I kind of enjoyed YOUR mom’s weekend by proxy. Thanks. And… hey, I actually was too busy on Monday to … um… notice your guest room had been occupied. Haha.

  2. Filosopete says:

    Congratulations to your Mother!

  3. Congratulations, 95 is certainly a milestone to achieve. I remember, back in the 60’s, my grandparents received a letter from the president when each turned 90. These days you have to hit 100 for that, here’s hoping you mother gets that letter.

  4. DWMartens says:

    Wonderful! What a blessing!

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