Dateline: April 4, 1962!
Things were much different! No kidding – like NO CELL PHONES. Guess what! I don’t have mine with me today either!
In the 60’s – great looking cars. Cars you could actually work on. They weren’t airbag equipped nor did they allow you to “harness” your new born in. Hey! Moms stayed in the hospital for a week before being sent home after a birth.
The “welcome baby cards” were dropped off with gifts of knitted jumpers and caps – nothing too elaborate. OR, maybe they were for 55 years ago. Did they even do baby showers. I don’t know, I do know there were cloth diapers!
In 2017, the flipping of another number seemed like a good opportunity to treat those that I love and respect to something special. So, Sunday, we had Chinese food and Frozen DQ Skor Pizza at my sister’s place!
It was the core group: sisters, Arlene (who’s travelled East to help with cleaning up mom’s apartment), Lynette and my brother Errol and his wife, Brenda. Mom, is now a resident of a seniors facility and we “broke” her out for the day.
While the care facility scene is all very new to us, having Olive in our presence made it feel like a rather normal Sunday. Olive is 97 and when I think of her being 43 when she had me in 1962, I am forever thankful for her good health, then and now!
We talked about our family birthday traditions that included putting money in birthday cakes. Birthday parties of the past were pretty low – key compared to the ones of today! A special meal and cake, maybe even a friend or two but none of the big time outings like parents do today!
I could have a friend from school come home. The bus ride for them was probably as exciting as me having someone come to the farm! In particular my friend, Crystal, who recently told me, she admired me for living on the farm. I think, as kids we always look at the cool lifestyle our friends lead!
Crystal lived in Lumsden. I lived on the farm with lots of space to roam and animals. I thought it would be neat to live in a town where you could be with your friends! I now appreciate what she saw in those little trips on the bus. A different kind of freedom.
Anyway, I decided that this would be a good weekend to have family around. While my nephews were not able to attend and bring along the youngest branch of the family tree we had a great visit, enjoying stories and laughs.
Now here it is my birthday!
I want to thank Jamie and Christina for making the morning special with TWO Chocolate cakes! Cards and singing.
Friend, Roger Pettigrew stopped into bring us breakfast and grace the airwaves with a strong “Happy Birthday”. Kevin Guy of Midtown Auto Sales dropped off treats plus all the good wishes and singing from everyone that called or stopped by.
Facebook is a marvelous tool and the messages roll in! Even twitter connects you to friends that are also celebrating on this day.
Its been along time since I received flowers and was totally blown away by a MASSIVE arrangement that showed from my other family. THANK YOU Troy & Sonia Schaab!
It is an incredible blessing to have such a roster of friends. Life is busy, we should always find time to celebrate and rejoice in what we have.
Who knows what the next 40 years will bring! It sounds like along time! Planting the seeds of love and friendship require work and maintenance, I think I’m ready to continue minding this garden.