Weeks ago I received an invitation to a cousin's 100th birthday party. It was called for noon time, at a town close to Rhode Island, that's at least a two hour ride from where I live.
My thought was "I want to go to this special party, honor my cousin and share this special time with family that I haven't seen in a very long time.
I'm no chicken and the thought of getting up early, making arrangements and going on that long ride was a turnoff.
I thought about it, and thought about it some more, and finally decided that was what I wanted to do!
The arrangements were made: I got a ride with the MBTA, which took me to my daughter-in-law Carol's home in Boston. From there, I assumed we would take off for the hinterlands.
Since I made good time getting to Carol's, she asked me if I would like to drop into Steve's Boston Media Makers meeting which was being held that morning!
YES, I'd love that!
Steve's been holding those meetings for ten years now. I have seen them on the internet but never attended the meetings.
We surprised Steve and his group! I have never met any of those in the group but I KNEW them. What a great feeling!!!
After that excitement we took off for the birthday party.
The birthday boy is as charming and handsome as ever! A number of his family and friends paid tribute to the kind of person he is. Letters were read from Robert Kennedy's nephew, Barney Frank, and President Obama and his wife.
We got to see dear cousins that I haven't seen in a very long time, one of which is 101 years old!
One person greeted me with a big hello, I thought - "who is she?"
There are times I forget names but this was different - I didn't know who she was. It turns out she's a cousin who has let her hair grow gray! It took me a while to really recognize her in her new color. She's a lovely person and I finally can say she looks good with her "new hair."
We were served a delicious lunch topped off with an unbelievable dessert. When the waiter served me the dessert I thought "this must be for everyone at the whole table."
No, that entire serving was for me!
Think about it - if I hadn't gone out, nothing would have happened! ;-)