Well, as a wag once whined, getting old may suck, but it beats the alternative.
Cate seemed to take it all in stride—my impression was that she had a blast Sunday. Her birthday bash was held at “Marsha’s” house in Mount Vernon, a small town near Cedar Rapids filled with quirky and interesting old houses—we almost bought a house (a new one) there when we moved from western Iowa.
I posted some photos of the party on Facebook and Cate said she looked like a “loud, wine-swilling nut.” Well, my family hasn’t always been quiet, but she didn’t seem like a loud, wine-swilling nut to me, but a person enjoying herself, which was great.
We had a quorum of the family together and nobody had died. Five of the seven of us Sheller kids made it, and it was nice swapping garden stories with the older sisters. (Some bad news in the garden. Bunnies are back.) Nikki and Sam were there too–didn’t get as much chance to chat as I should have, but it was fun to see them.
Katy brought Nikayla, who was resplendent in a magnificent monkey party suit that had been picked by Theresa the day before. Got to hand it to Theresa, she can put together an uber-cute party outfit for a 2-year-old.
What does it mean to have a “little” sister who is 50?
- It means I’m going to turn 52 this year. Oh dear.
- My old journalism prof, a recent Facebook friend addition, noted on a note to the photos I posted that he is soon to turn 61. The surprise to me is that he’s not much older than me. Oh dear.
- Could not find a birthday card, which I was sure we had, and went to party empty handed. Oh dear. We’ve settled on a “World Vision” animal as the charitable contribution gift for Cate—have to decide if the set of chickens, a goat or a share of a cow seems more appropriate. (Yeah, what the heck. Oh dear.)
Anyway, Cate, by the time you read this and it’s edited with photos, I’ll try to post an album to “Walgreens,” which means you can go to any Walgreens store and get prints. Congrats on your first half century, and may there be many pleasures and pleasant surprises in the second.