After her battle last year with breast cancer, which became lung cancer, all she really wants is to see as much of her children,grandchildren, and great grandchildren as she can. She’d love to see the great great grandchildren, but they live far away in Oswego, NY. So my sister and I decided to surprise her on her 91st birthday. She thought she was just having dinner with Mary and John, but Bill and I drove down from Cary and Gary, Mary’s son, and girlfriend Robin drove in from Raleigh and we were sitting there as she arrived . The smile on her face says it all.
When I was in school, it was a tradition that your girlfriends make you corsages using a package bow and strips of ribbon on which were tied candy like life savers or lolly pops – 12 of them if you were turning twelve, etc. Although we had an orchid corsage for mom, I made up one of the traditional ones from my youth. With 91 life savers attached to it, it was too heavy to wear, but she loved it all the same. It would take her nearly three months to eat the candy, if she ate one each day!
We had a wonderful dinner – good food, good company, lots of laughs. She’s smiling because she got just what she wanted – a little bit of our time. Not too much to ask from someone who has always been there for us! Happy 91st birthday! We love you, Mom!