There was a surprise party with mussels and beet salad in my sister’s garden in the sunshine. And of course there was cake… Whole Foods chocolate cake the clerk said was “so good, it could cure cancer!” And a lemon cake with a refreshing tang, and Brenda Lea’s meringue banana torte — a miraculous creation.
My 90-year-old mom was there… as she was there at the beginning, and my sisters, a brother-in-law, a niece, my son and there were friends representing many parts of my life. (Some people were missing… so sorry you could not make it!) Most had not met each other before. As I recall how I’ve met people in my life and recognize what keeps us friends over many years, I realize my life is enriched by many special people
Heather is a good friend and a part of our family that even divorce cannot shake. At our children’s preschool more than 20 years ago, Marilyn and I discovered our lives intermingled with her work, Wade’s company, and my old office on Pender Street.
Brenda Lea and I worked together at Expo 86, writing advertising and guidebooks to welcome the world to Vancouver. We’ve been friends through writing, reading, children, marriage, and now with her husband Charlie, finding me a new home (later this month). Nancy and I were neighbours and part of a young mothers’ group in West Vancouver. The “babies” are all 24-years old now and the mothers are still friends.
Val is from the outdoors club and together we encourage newcomers to join hikes and plan getaways to the British Columbia wilderness. Shelagh is a new friend and we belong to a club that neither was keen to join. We find our way through this cancer business as best we can, frequently with laughter.
Laurence is my special person who pulled off the surprise celebration with a little help, I hear, from some of those friends and family. Thank you for honouring me and putting the people of my life together.
This birthday was so great, I can’t wait until next year!