Hi there my dear family and chosen family,So that's what I did. I invited and they came. With hubby's help, our home burst with the amplitude of spirited chatter, teasing, laughter and so many hugs exchanged you would like you were at a Greek wedding, The feast was bountiful and devoured by guests who sang praised between appreciative mouthfuls and sips. I floated and flitted amongst them, bantering, listening, lingering, observing in awe, drinking in the heady nectar of unconditional love - the biproduct of true friends and a close family. My eldest daughter baked me my favourite vanilla cake (yes, I am THAT boring) and as I was serenaded by a mostly on key, unintentional many-part-harmony rendition of Happy Birthday, my heart was full to overflowing.
It’s almost the end of March and that means that I will soon have a birthday. I have a very special group of people with whom I share my life and whose love and support is a blessing to me. You are an important part of that group. I would be honoured if you could come by our place on Friday, April 2nd around 4-4:30 pm so I (we) can cook you dinner and show my appreciation while I still have my faculties. It would make a Good Friday spectacular and it would give my birthday special meaning.
I also know that for some of you, this is a busy time of year. The Easter Bunny has already sent regrets. I know a few husbands also have birthdays to celebrate and Cousin Pastor may have church duties so please understand that this invitation is not meant to be an obligation. If you are free to come, I would love it. If not, I know you would if you could and that is good enough for me. You’ll just miss out on my live acoustic performances of the entire John Denver collection.
There is nothing to bring. Hubby and I will have lots of delicious food for every palate ... and maybe even some fish for the Catholics in the tribe. : ) Of course the Jewish contingent will just be coming off of Passover so its matzo for them! Daughter may even make me an organic, gluten free, sugarless, bran boosted Duncan Hines natural vanilla birthday cake! If you have any extra candles kicking about the joint, please bring them along .... we’re gonna need them!
It was the most spectacular gift- one that included the particpation of many. And if I think too long and hard about it, my throat thickens and my eyes fill.
For me, this Good Friday was great. Life is good.