Tomorrow is my 90th birthday and we are having an open house at Squirrel Haven to celebrate. You know that already. Here is the interesting part – I am not excited or nervous about the house being spic & span or edgy about having enough food or things for people to drink. All I feel is a deep sense of peace and deep happiness.
The past two days have been treasures. Yesterday, a card arrived from GramDaughter Jessie Pendleton Rose with a poem tying the different names I go by in her life to different aspects of our relationship. I have asked Elsa to get it framed so I can see it every day. Diana Glenn Peterson, who was in Ian's class and has become a close personal friend, sent some quotes including (pardon my condensation) "They drew a circle and shut me out . . . I drew a circle and took them in," which speaks to my heart.
Elsa took yesterday off to get ready in a leisurely way; it was special having her around on a weekday.
Tomorrow might be as good as today, but it will have to go some to be better.
So many flowers! Graziano's, Cherry Lane, Feasterville Florists - the floral delivery trucks were almost backed up outside our doorway.
What was called at one time a floral tribute arrived from "the Newcastle Crowd" to celebrate Mother's Day. Oh my goodness, I haven't seen something that stunning in a long, long time. The same "Newcastle Crowd" sent a delightful birthday arrangement, complete with noise makers! Dear Ripleys & Murrays et al - thank you from a delighted and deeply touched Aunt Kay.
Oh - we welcomed a new member of the family this afternoon. A dashing looking bear quickly dubbed Chevy. Judy & Paul, you know me well!
Before I toddle off to bed, a short nip back in time. As many on this list know, when I was in my early twenties, I had the great fun of taking care of the Edwin Asplundh children.
One day, a friend of Lynne and Edwin's took the family and myself on a boat ride. Elsa (the original Elsa, also the youngest of the brood), who was five years old, especially had a wonderful time. No one ever could top how she thanked the friend for a special time. Getting off the boat, she looked back at him from the deck and sang, "All I do the whole day through is dream of you."
All of the adults were completely undone by the moment, which I can never forget. Today, Elsa's present arrived from where she and Gareth live in Florida. She wrote special words to that same song just for me and even sent a tape of herself singing it to me.
With love like that wrapped around me, a deep sense of peace is the most wonderful present of all.
Peace to you all. Love, Kay