“A Great Time to Celebrate” by Joan Y. Edwards
Last Friday, January 11th, was my birthday. I thought it was going to be an ordinary birthday. However, it wasn’t. It was a great time to celebrate. First, my friend, Linda Andersen, wrote a blog post in my honor because I love ducks and wrote Flip Flap Floodle. Thank you, Linda: http://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/a-duck-is-a-duck-is-a-duck-the-duck-test/
At 10:00 a.m. I went to our Savvy Wordsmiths Writing Group meeting at the Fort Mill, SC library. I am co-facilitator. My plan was to present a mini-workshop, “Power Up the Positive and Kick Out the Negative Beliefs to Reach Your Goals.” When I got there, there were 7 balloons towering over my chair. About 4 people trickled in. I asked Becky Shillington, the other Co-Facilitator, if I should begin because it was 5 minutes after ten. She said, “Wait a few more minutes. I think I saw a few others coming.”
What I didn’t know was that when I went into the library to ask if the door upstairs was open, their were about 7 Savvy members in there signing my card. They had to duck down quickly below the desk area so I wouldn’t see them. They told me afterwards.
I had no idea that there were more surprises. I thought the balloons was the surprise. They gave me a real surprise party. Oh my goodness! Not only were there balloons galore. There were cupcakes and water with designer labels on them. Plus there were cards and presents. I love butterflies. Most of the gifts had to do with butterflies. Butterfly feeders, Butterfly shaped containers with little notes saying how I inspire them and encourage them. Laura Colvin, even painted a picture for me that she named “Hope.”
The people in the Savvy Wordsmiths group have touched my heart since its beginning on April 30, 2010. We started with about 6 members. We now have 20. They like my writing. They believe in my work. They like for me to teach them lessons. They listen to me. They give advice. They encourage me. They teach me mini-lessons, too. That was gift enough for me. Yet they went even farther for my birthday. They even lit a cupcake and sang “Happy Birthday.”
After the meeting, we went to Six Pence Pub and they treated me to lunch and a dessert with a candle, too. Thank you, Savvy Wordsmiths for the Surprise Birthday Party filled with love and friendship.
When I got back home, I took pictures of all the gifts from the Savvy Wordsmiths and wrote down who gave them to me so I could write thank you notes. I opened a present Linda Andersen sent me little duckies to put in my bath water and a net loofah with a ducky implanted in it.
Even you, my blog readers celebrated with me. When I checked the computer, I discovered that my blog hit 40,000 readers around noon on January 11th. Hip Hip Hooray for you and me. Thank you for the nice birthday present. You give a great gift every day that you visit my website, blog, phone, or email me.
Around 5:00 p.m. I left to go eat supper with my daughter, Lorrie, and her family at Monterrey’s Mexican Restaurant in Matthews, NC. The people at the restaurant brought me a big sombrero to wear while they sang, “Happy Birthday.” It’s very shady under a sombrero. My younger daughter, Mollie, had to work late, so she and her family came in as we were leaving. Lorrie bought tickets for both of us to go to see the musical “Sister Act” at Oven’s Auditorium for my birthday. That was fun, fun, fun. After the play, we sat in my car in her driveway talking away.
I got home after midnight. It was a fantastic day. My celebration wasn’t over. I celebrated on Saturday and Sunday, too.
My husband, Carl and I went to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC. On Sunday, my daughter, Mollie invited us over for a special Ohana, Hawaiian grilled chicken, to celebrate my birthday and my granddaughter, Kylie’s birthday, too.
That was indeed a great time to celebrate. Thank you to each of you who made my 73rd birthday a wonderful day to remember. You warm my heart and fill me with joy! My cup is filled with happiness.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards
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