I am trying to think of the words to describe my recent birthday this past Monday May 3rd.
|Lawn at Castle Hill|
Last year, due to the pandemic, I spent my birthday alone (with the exception of a walk with a close friend and a brief family zoom call), and oh yes, a great big sky blue birthday cake!
It was a celebration of staying young with a song in my heart!!! Many songs.
I gave Pam my playlist of 140 of my favorite songs with things like This must be the place (Talking Heads) In the Bottle (Gil Scott Heron) to Rock Steady by Aretha Franklin and so many more. There were some obscure songs like Sexy Coffee Pot (I still don’t know the artist) and Take me Back to Tulsa (Bob Wills).
I got two awesome pair of MO Sunglasses and all kinds of fabulous incense and beauty products. Even a little heart pin that says KIND! They are exceptionally kind.
I was so delighted. What a treat!!! Then I received a card from Ming’s brother with all these great photos of Ming and I. It was precious and appreciated.
We danced and sang along all night and I was in my glee!!!! My baby sister Lauren made me a homemade cake (the best kind) and I got some groovy gifts.
I was happy that my sister Val kept saying she loved every song that played. I think everyone did. It was a super fab play list! There were the Funky Meters to Tommy Dorsey and a dose of Dave Matthews and Steve Miller! We even had some Duke and the Drivers and can’t forget Paul Simon!
With each song I got a natural high. Later we sat around the fire and the music continued while the tequila poured…Shattered by the Stones, Sweet Jane, Lou Reed, and the Band, Baby Don’t you do it!!! They never sounded better. Looks like I will never lose my affinity for Classic Rock.
With a birthday crown on my head (my mother always gets me a little crown on my big day) I opened more gifts surrounded by my sisters, oodles of balloons, and a dozen roses from a friend. The most beautiful roses I have ever received.
One area in that home that I particularly am drawn to is the (semi-outdoor sitting area) they called the Upper Loggia. I was swooning. You can see what looked like the entire Atlantic Ocean with the cliff walk running along the edge of the property. Its staggeringly stunning and way beyond over the top. My kind of place.
The enormous green lawn is immaculate with white Adirondack chairs perfectly placed. One can sit and sip while watching the ships sail. Ahh…..While we were sitting there I didn’t think the day could get any better and just then I got a little video sent to me of three little children that I adore and am close with. I could see and feel their love for me as they were singing happy birthday. It was so sweet and touching. Then right after that, a loving call from Ming’s family. I was just so touched yet again. I truly was.
For dessert my friend snuck in a pretty cake filled with sparkles and candy hidden inside. My other friend made me a handmade book of Friendship Quotes. One saying: Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief. Indeed it does. I would be lost without my friends.
When I arrived home….well, I got teary eyed…not because the day was over, but because four different neighbors left great gifts by my door! And one was the most gorgeous bouquet from Winston Flowers (my ultra-favorite florist). I had to make a few trips to carry everything in….books, jewelry and gadgets and more cards.
And when I got inside I sat down to admire all my cards and those gorgeous pink perfectly blooming roses. I feel like a flower in bloom. It’s amazing what love can do. I feel the love from all the cards, gifts, texts, presents, calls that I received. And well, I just feel so blessed. I am grateful. And a special thanks to my sister Pam who made much of this possible and to my mom who always shows up with lots of presents!!!! She is the ultimate gift-giver! And to everyone who was part of my ageless birthday celebration. With birthday celebrations and friends and family like you…well, This Renee Gold will not ever get old! I love you and I Thank you one and all….