Yesterday my sister and I threw a party or my Dear Sweet Mother's 60th birthday.
It was a bit of a surprise for her - not the date or the guest list, both of which she had controlling voice in. The surprise was where - at the local bowling alley! Yes sir ee bub - we had a grand time knocking down some of the tenpins. What surprised most of the guests, who hadn't been in a bowling alley for a couple of decades, was the electronic board, which not only told you which pins you had standing, but also gave hints on how to throw your next ball, knew if you were right or left handed, and kept score. I loved that - no more having to remember how many extra points to add on for a strike or for a spare. The down side is that you can't cheat on your score.
The most enjoyable part for me as co-host was the "Who knows Rose best" trivia game. (Those were my questions, Mom even though Kris and I collaborated on narrowing down my original list of 60.) What made it especially fun was telling all her friends what Grandpa's versions of the answers had been. Here are a few examples:
Me: Question 10 - How old were you when you had your first kiss?
Mom: I was probably 16. Who was there to kiss in Montana?
Me: Question 17: How many car accidents were you the cause of as a teenager?
Grandpa: Yes, and it was the same car. And it had to be a Cadillac.
(OK, if it doesn't sound so funny, trust me, in my head it is hilarious!)
And of course this is a bit sappy, the truly best thing was to see how many people were willing to come out to honor an amazingly wonderful woman who taught me everything about strength, love and faith. Happy birthday Mom.
P.S. My Sweet and I are heading out bright and early tomorrow to visit his mother in Japan. So, for the next two weeks my postings may be even more sporadic than usual. Until then, Sayonara Baby.
Joie de Vivre ~ A Hearty Joy of Living!