Today is my mom’s birthday. She is 84 years young! I picked her up at around noon and Jane and I took her to a cute little restaurant for lunch… just the 3 of us. She ordered a burger, which is unusual for her because she is the original picture of health. You know, chicken and salads and fruit kinds-of things. But it’s her birthday, so she went hog wild (well, cattle wild). And she loved it.
Then I took her to a gourmet supermarket kind-of place and I bought all the food for her birthday dinner at my home. I got all the things she loves… fresh fish, salad ingredients and strawberries for her favorite dessert – strawberry shortcake. I even bought Bisquick to make homemade biscuits. When we got back to my house, my mom settled into her favorite chair and read for the rest of the afternoon. Everything was peaceful and warm and perfect….
Then my mom smelled the deliciousness of the biscuits… and it was a reversal of roles. I remember when I was a little girl and my mom was making biscuits. I would come from wherever I was to watch her measure and mix and spoon the gooey mixture onto the waiting cookie sheets. I would peek into the window of the oven to see them rise and turn golden brown. And the aroma!
Trying to keep the biscuits away from Seth!
And here I was making these delights for my mom. It felt so good, so wonderful to return these memories! Then I cut the strawberries and sprinkled them with sugar to make them extra juicy. I wanted them to be perfect for this perfect day.
When Barry arrived at home, dinner preparations began in earnest… and soon our birthday feast was ready. My mom, Jane, Barry and I savored each moment, each morsel. Then it was time for dessert… for the strawberry shortcake. I covered hers with whipped cream and put in a little yellow candle for a special wish…
And my mom’s 84th birthday was official!
I thank God each day to have my mom in my life. And I wish that everyone has something as memorable and as special and as fulfilling as a chunk of strawberry shortcake to make life, well… full circle. Complete!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM! I love you!