|Happy Birthday, Mom!|
First things first! Above is yesterday's Birthday Girl opening her cards. Our plans for a leisurely drive have been delayed as she was a tiny bit under the weather so we stayed close to home. Friday mornings the dining room here has pancakes on the breakfast menu and Mom has regular guests come to join her. So yesterday being her birthday the 'regulars' showed up and we had a bit of an occasion. Later in the day my brother joined us for dinner. Of course there were lots of phone calls from home and abroad and a lovely bunch of flowers, too.
My trip went as well as any can. Both flights lifted of the ground bang on time and both flights arrived early -- the first 30 minutes and the second 20 minutes before it was due. As I entered the baggage area not only my brother, but my luggage were waiting for me. So no complaints on the travel front -- so far...
It is important for me to remember not to make to many plans and not to make any plans that are definite. My mother tires quickly -- more quickly that she expects, especially when she is feeling well and fit. So the best thing I can do is 'live flexibly'! Today she is feeling 'itchy', meaning she wants to 'do' something! So in just over an hour we will set off for the neighbouring New York state town of Millerton to meet our friend Sabine for lunch at Four Brothers. That chain of pizza restaurants has many happy memories for our family -- it was a favourite of both my grandmother and my father. One of my mother's favourite memories is many years ago in 1985 on my first visit to the States after 5 years in the UK and it's about The Man!
There we all were: my father, mother, grandmother, my brother and sister-in-law, my nephew,The Man, the two little boys aged two and four seated around a large table. Drinks were served -- soft drinks for the boys and glasses of red wine with a litre pitcher in the middle of the tale and a large pepperoni pizza had just been placed in the middle of the table. The little boys were trying to drink their drinks and The Man was admonishing them not to spill them and to be more careful than it seemed to him they were being. Suddenly he stood up and reached over to move the glass out of the way of their elbows and in so doing managed to himself knock over -- no, not the glass, no he managed to knock over the litre of red wine!
The rest of us dissolved into peals of laughter... The Man spluttered red-faced ...
So here I am -- the television commentary in the background has been largely political and left-leaning cause that's where my family is coming from. The topic on the airwaves for the moment is about women who stay at home to look after their kids and women who have kids and work. It's a result of a comment made by a left-leaning political commentator, Hilary Rosen who has caused a national kerfuffle in response to a Romney remark about what his wife had to say to him about women's concerns about the economy. As Astrid so appropriately said in a comment on a recent post: "Gag me with a spoon"!