Six years ago, I was given the best birthday gift ever, when our grandson Luke was born on June 13. It’s fun having a birthday buddy; well, it’s fun for me and he’s just kinda discovering that we share the date. This year when we talked on the phone, after I said, “Happy birthday!” he replied, very enthusiastically, “Happy birthday to YOU, TOO!” It has been so enjoyable to watch this little guy develop his fun personality and sweet, kind heart. He is smart and cute and friendly, with a big imagination and some killer dance moves. 😃 He tells great stories and makes us laugh out loud at his antics. What a fun and funny kid! We love you, Luke, and we’re so glad you’re ours!
My birthday was low key since Sarah and family were all out of town for a soccer tournament of Elle’s in Denver. Rich cooked for me and we went out for frozen custard at Andy’s afterwards. I enjoyed all of the phone, text, and Facebook greetings, as well as a few cards in the mail from some die-hard family and friends who still use the Post Office. 🙂 I have to admit I love birthdays and hearing from loved ones near and far. I was also spoiled with gifts, some of which are seen below.
Somewhere around this same time, we drove out to Terrell to Ham Orchards, which I’d been reading about. Their peaches get rave reviews and they also have a blackberry patch where you can pick your own if you’re so inclined. We were not, because it was so hot, but we did buy a bunch of peaches and had some peach ice cream while there. It was a nice little drive and fun to get out and do something different. AND the peaches did not disappoint!
Then there was Father’s Day. It’s always a little weird for me since my dad died at the young age of 42 and is forever frozen in time in my mind. He would now be 87 and I can’t quite picture him that “old.” During this outrageous political time, I just kept thinking about compassionate dads who are not in favor of ripping kids from their parents’ arms, who stand up against injustice, who love and care unconditionally for their own and other kids, who do their best in trying times to make a difference in the world. And by dads I mean biological dads, step dads, brothers and grandpas and uncles and cousins and foster dads and father figures and let’s face it, any man who is stepping up to show kids how to be a good person. Special love to my guys Rich, Corey, David and Miles, who are the best. Again, we had no kids around on Father’s Day but greetings came in from all. Rich did not want to go out to eat because “kitchens are really busy on holidays” and he did not want to add to the cooks’ distress. Spoken like a retired chef, for sure. His request: Taco Bueno. So that’s where we went!
Unlike me, my hubby is not really into celebrating birthdays. When his rolls around 8 days after mine, it’s usually a quiet affair. This year I left the day before to go to Graham TX to visit my dear friend Susan and to help her continue to pack up her mom’s house. We had a lovely visit and got a few things accomplished while talking about life and sharing the delicious meals that she cooked. My contributions were garden tomatoes and peaches from Ham Orchard. LOL Oh, I did play prep cook a little bit, too. 🙂 It was good to have time together and to talk about this latest phase of our existence. Getting older ain’t all that much fun sometimes but good friends make it more tolerable, that is for sure.
I drove home the next day and my sweet friend Gabriele had brought Rich a pecan pie she’d made for his birthday. Rich made dinner for Gabriele and her husband a few months ago when she had surgery and was off her feet, and he also made her a pie and some banana bread for her recent birthday celebration at Center of Hope, where we volunteer together, so she wanted to repay the favor. This got me off the hook a little bit since I had not managed to fix anything for his birthday. :O I offered to take him out for dinner but he chose to stay home and cook. That should make me feel pretty guilty but hey, I offered, right?! He also received lots of greetings from everyone and we are both happy we made it to the outrageous age of 64. I am still wondering how that could have possibly happened.