Thursday, August 27, 2009


Last weekend, I had the joy of attending the 90th birthday party of my aunt--my father’s sister.

This is a year of milestones. My very sweet mother-in-law also had a 90th birthday party earlier this year, which was also wonderful. But my aunt’s party was especially poignant because not only did my dad, husband and kids attend, but also my cousins, whom I hardly ever see, and their families. So did my brother and his kids--which was particularly great since my brother’s health doesn’t let him travel much. Then there were the friends and family members I hadn’t seen since I was a kid, plus those I’ve seen more over the years, when I visit Pittsburgh, where I grew up.

I always refer to my pets as family, and I did miss my dogs Lexie and Mystie while I was gone, but I had them in the care of a great pet-sitter--one my protagonist Kendra Ballantyne would be happy to be associated with. They clearly missed me and got back into demanding my attention every five minutes as soon as I returned.

But I was extremely grateful for having had this opportunity to see so many wonderful people in my family all together--dogs, plus fast-approaching September deadlines, notwithstanding!

What family celebrations have you had lately?


london said...
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Janie Emaus said...

Hi, daughter is getting married in November, so we'll have that to celebrate. And last November we celebrated my parents 65th Wedding Anniversary! Oh, and I almost forgot. Last January I celebrated my own anniversary...30 years.

Linda O. Johnston said...

Congratulations on all your exciting events, Janie!

Betty Hechtman said...

How nice to have so much of your family together. I went to a 90th birthday a few years ago. It wasn't family, but a family friend. I hadn't seen the women in years, though I used to play with her daughter when we were kids. Sadly, the daughter had died a few years ago.

All this reminds me that I need to give the woman a call.

Linda O. Johnston said...

How sad that the daughter didn't live to help celebrate the mother's special day. Hopefully she had more family around. She certainly had friends with you there, Betty!