It has been raining ever since, I last wrote. The world here, is wet, muddy and cold. . . Still, not as bad as in Texas. In the midst of the watery weather . . .Mama had a birthday.
With this being her first birthday, without Daddy, my sisters and I planned a surprise. Delores came the evening before. Mama expected to see me, the next day but I had been intentionally vague in our conversations. I think my other sister, Connie had as well. I arrived in or about mid morning. Mama was so shocked to see me, that she missed my bags altogether. I went to cooking collards straight away, as Mama prefers her heaviest meal at noon. Connie arrived just as the house was bragging about the simmering pots. Connie brought all sorts of food for us and Mama wondered aloud about that. Connie presented Mama with a bouquet and then announced that we would all be spending the night and that my niece Hayley would be joining us later on. This may have been the first time we successfully, totally surprised Mama. . . and Mama was thrilled!
After a hearty lunch of Mamas’ favorite foods, we looked at quilting patterns. Delores has started quilting since Christmas and has made remarkable progress. She has made several already and now has plans to make each one of us one, from Daddys’ shirts. I chose a celtic pattern. Connie had been working on photographs, taken on our “day after Thanksgiving” gathering. She had framed several for us and so it was quite a celebration for everyone. I must give niece Hayley credit for the photography.
Hayley has quite a knack for photography and I hope she continues this passion. She is not only good at taking pictures, but also has this uncanny knack of being at the right place at the right time. Thus, she has a collection of bright rainbows, mother bears and cubs and all sorts of fowl under brilliant skies. Admidst all of this merry making, Connie was on a mission to get me a cell phone.
I have been through several in the last few years. One drowned and I spilt a tiny splash of coffee on the last one. That killed it. I never wanted a cell, but my kids demanded I had one for driving to see them. Eventually, they convinced me, that some great calamity was bound to happen and I was liable to go missing . . .if I didn’t have a phone. I got the cheapest flip cell I could and stuck with that type. No matter how much they begged me to “upgrade” I always got another flip. The kids at school were in awe of my cell and could’t believe it worked! Many said they had only seen such a thing in old movies!. Against all odds, I now have some fancy “smart phone”.
Connie had a brand new one and after several long calls, it was cheaper to activate that one than to replace what I had, even though I had insurance on mine, for such tragedies, as coffee. My kids are still in shock, that I got in Connies’ truck to go to a cell store. So am I. Connie did all of the negotiating and thank goodness, for “I do not speak the language”! Connie also got me a “bullet proof” case, since phones at my house are in dangerous territory.
While all of this was going on, my other niece, Dana was studying chemistry . . .and learning to read “tea leaves”! Dana is an artist in many ways. She draws beautifully and has broad interests . Dana is as tenderly thoughtful as can be. She had made a keepsake box for Mama and filled it with miniature trinkets that were remembrances of Daddy. She had a little dog, a toolbox and a small rose quartz-since that was the gem of love. I so hope she learns to read tea leaves.
The next morning, Hayley cooked breakfast for all of us. We hung Mamas’ new pictures after we ate.
Two of Connies’ childhood friends came by. They are both nice and so pleasant. One of them, Mary Susan, made us laugh with her stories. She had good content, but it was the way she tells them that was so entertaining.
We all shared a lunch and ate Delores’ made from scratch cake, for the grand finale.