October 22, 2015
Celebrating birthdays is such a wonderful way to appreciate those you love by sharing their special day and October is birthday month in my family. Spanning both ends of the age spectrum the youngest, my grandson, is now three. Meanwhile, the oldest, dear ol’ Dad is “sweet sixteen” according to his calculations. Making this year’s birthday celebration extra special since Dad (Popo) moved here in June. Now the entire family can be together to celebrate birthdays and holidays. Awesome! Naturally, having two great-grandchildren sweetened the pot by tipping the scales to ‘definitely’ when Dad toyed with the idea of moving south. Plus cold, snowy winters in the north probably played a role. Yet, as stressful as moving is, the rewards outweigh the worries when making such a momentous decision to uproot everything and spend precious time with family.
However, before all the birthday hoopla festivities were scheduled to begin Dad and I picked up the kids Friday afternoon. First stop, lunch with my daughter and grandson; then after 45 minutes in the car line, his sister climbed in the car. Suddenly, school days were forgotten as she chatted, sang songs and argued with her younger brother the entire ride. Dad and I smiled all the way home because since she’d started kindergarten the kids hadn’t been to spend the night. Believe me they sure made up for it in the next 24 hours. We could hardly keep up. First they were with me; then they were upstairs with Dad; then down here again; then back upstairs. Dad called every time they switched locations. Whew!
Finally, hunger struck. Sis wanted to eat dinner with Popo; however, I told her I didn’t think he had enough chairs. She decided she’d check it out and headed back upstairs to Dad’s apartment. A few minutes later she returned crestfallen. Sighing dramatically, “We can’t eat at Popo’s. His table is full!” she said as she made a wide sweeping motion with her hands. Obviously, Dad keeps things close at hand and that means tossing everything on the kitchen table. Problem solved though, he came downstairs while the kids ate Spaghetti Os.
The next day couldn’t have been better party weather; totally awesome since I’d planned a cookout on the deck with family and awesome friends like Gina (Oct. 26th birthday), Kris and of course, Rick, who graciously took a break from work to attend. My daughter brought, Mimi, my son-in-law’s mother. I was so excited because she’d never been to my house so I dropped everything and gave her the nickel tour as soon as she walked in, starting in the kitchen/dining room combo and ending with Mimi sitting on the front porch swing with our granddaughter. Apparently, the highlight was when I introduced her to “Bobbi’s closet.” I gathered she was impressed by the repeated, “Wow’s.” Yet, party duties called so I left them on the porch and walked back in the kitchen to slice tomatoes for burgers.
Then Rick lit the grill while Gina carried food outside and Kris opened drinks. Meanwhile, my daughter, Mimi and Popo entertained the kids as the “Birthday Boys” party officially started. However, by the time you read this the helium balloons will have sunk to the floor and the cupcakes will be nothing more than crumbs and sweet dreams. Yet, the shared memories will last a lifetime.
Memories such as immediately after our curly headed little dude received his new aluminum bat from Popo, his first action was to walk straight toward his sister. Oh, yes, slinging the bat onto his right shoulder and striding with such a determined purpose he took several steps in her direction. Everyone gasped in unison, immediately followed by laughs as we realized he just wanted to show his new bat to his big sister. Although, for a split second his actions were questionable; maybe because his sister had helped blow out the candles and it wasn’t even her birthday. Funnily enough, obviously ‘pay back’ crossed everyone’s mind. Dickens, I wish someone had gotten it on video. It truly was one of those America’s Funniest Videos moments. Sigh, great birthday memories.
Can you imagine…walking softly and carrying an aluminum bat?
Smile, and make your next birthday memories awesome!!!