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Birthday Celebration

During a time long forgotten, when life was still normal and humans didn’t have to wear masks, people were able to hold surprise birthday parties.One year ago today, we held an 80th birthday surprise celebration for my mom. The picture above is when she first walked into the room.

I can’t help but think about all of the drastic changes since this party only twelve months ago. It makes me wonder/worry about what will happen twelve months from now. Things seem to change on a day to day, and even an hour to hour basis at times. It seems to me, the entire Universe is shifting into something different . . . whatever that is . . . I don’t know.

Behind Mom, right to left, Me, My Bro, One of my bro’s twin sons

Last year had already started out bad in January when we said goodbye to our Max. My mom’s celebration was a pleasant break from the grief. Her party is one of few good memories I have of 2020. Our visit to the river and to an enchanted forest were the other two.

Those bags you see on the table (in the photos) are gifts and games to play for the attendees. We had a lot of fun playing a game at the party. One of the items in the bag was hand sanitizer. Little did I know how important that would become only a few short weeks later.

Since then, Mom’s been locked away in her apartment for most of the year.

So today I’m celebrating her 81st from my blog.





P.S. I know I haven’t been in the blogging world lately. I have some serious stuff going on that perhaps I’ll share here one day.



20 thoughts on “Birthday Celebration”

  1. Lori, a belated Happy Birthday to your mother! Her 80th looked fantastic and what an amazing surprise for her. I love the bags for everyone and a special festive occasion. It is so hard these days and especially so on birthdays etc. We couldn’t celebrate my son’s birthday together in January but thankfully could with my mother on hers last week as she is part of our ‘bubble’ – the biggest gift of all at the moment. Take care, my friend. x

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    1. Hi Annika, It is frustrating these days, isn’t it. So sorry you couldn’t be with your son for his birthday, but glad you were able to be with your mother. Thank you for your kind words. πŸ’—

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  2. Happy Birthday to your mum, Lori. Hope she had a great day. She looked so happy at her surprise birthday party last year. That was so thoughtful of you to put it together and she must know she is very much loved. Hope you are doing alright and take care of yourself πŸ’—

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    1. Hi Mabel. My mom was very surprised, and you’re right, she was so happy. Thank you for your kind words about her and our sweet boy, Max that we said goodbye to last year. πŸ’—

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  3. Happy Birthday to your Mom Lori! It’s good to remember the happy times in our current climate. It’s good to see you Lori and wishing you strength and hope for whatever it is you’re dealing with at the moment.

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