The celebrations started last Sunday – dinner at a Greek restaurant with the family. It was a double celebration, Sloane having turned six just days before.
Then we headed North to a friend’s cottage and had a meal rich with the summer’s harvest: corn on the cob, potatoes cooked with garlic on the barbecue, and orange glazed salmon.
Seems, we celebrate with food. The next day, we drove into one of the larger towns and had Mexican – one of my favourites.
On the actual day of my birthday, I woke up deciding that I would ride the jet ski – a risk I had been avoiding, as driving has not been something I can do since the onset of ME. Even the motorized scooter we purchased proved to be too much for me, but I decided I’d strap on a life jacket and do a quick tour. Something to mark my 60th.
“Was it fun?” my friend asked me after.
“Not really,” I responded honestly; “I was too tense.”
But I did it!
You couldn’t have done it a year ago! my daughter-in-law messaged after I posted the event to a group chat.
She’s right. There is progress to celebrate.
I napped after the excitement and then we drove into a different town, and had dinner overlooking the water. Just as we sat down, a cormorant dove down and came back up with a large fish in his mouth.
“Good luck,” I thought.
A heron flew by and settled into the brush nearby, and three otters popped their heads above water long enough to give us a show. Of course, I didn’t bring my camera.
On the way home, we picked up the eldest granddaughter for a few nights stay. Together we went exploring – she with my iPhone for a camera, and I with my Sony. We found fish swimming in the nearby pond, a waterfall, and a heron hunting at the water’s edge. While she tried to creep closer, I noticed a beaver making its way to her side of the pond. A large splash sent her running back to me, eyes wide with surprise. The heron, too, had disappeared, but as we turned to go, flew back overhead, landing on a nearby tree and then taking to flight again.
“Look Grandma! There is still a bird in the tree. It must be a baby.”
The young heron squawked, and Finley mimicked it, keeping up quite the repartee.
We had stories to tell upon our return.
The week ended up with another celebration of birthdays, this time for our youngest daughter. We hosted a barbecue, and then everyone went fishing. No fish were caught, but the stories more than made up for it.
Sometimes we celebrate because the occasion calls for it, and sometimes we celebrate because life just gives us so much to be excited about. This week it has been a bit of both.
See you tomorrow for a new challenge.