Now that the 99th birthday celebrations have wrapped up for our mom, Olive, the time has arrived for the planning of next year’s centenary. So the countdown is on!
Things I learned from a birthday party in communal living situations:
Just because you enjoy lots of company, doesn’t mean your fellow residents will.
If there are a number of you celebrating there could be conflict over the number of people that come in to visit and how much cake should be consumed.
What if you want to propose a toast or say a few words, does everyone want to participate.
In the end, its best to not worry about controlling the situation, just be prepared, be flexible and roll with it.
Make sure there is more cake than you need. Buy food that is easily distributed and consumed for the super senior set. Don’t wear heavy cologne as some people might have allergies. Make sure you have a thick skin because at some point people don’t have filters during conversation. Be prepared to have long lost friends pop in for a visit and stay, because they miss you and want to catch up!
As I put things back or separate memories for our mom and even myself, I believe two new piles must start. One is for those moments when a birthday rolls along and the other not. I think you understand.
Live each day full of life, spirit and embrace the love that is directed your way.