A Birthday Gift for Doris Brazil

Dear Doris,

I have thought of you a number of times in the last few weeks and am sorry I haven’t written until now. I have a sneaking fear I have missed your big birthday, not least because I received a very garbled instant message from Flo suggesting I buy you some love balls –Magic 8 0 balls, she called them. I gather she borrowed Fifty Shades of Grey from the library van they send from Cheriton Bishop and is now full of bright ideas–and mouth-warmed stainless steel.

I don’t think they would be wise, Doris. Not with your pelvic floor.

I knew you’d much prefer a little something from a shop I found in Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, but it seems they’d had a run on Abbey Crunch.

In Ballintoy, someone tried to interest me in a rowing boat but I know your biceps aren’t what they were and I think its hull might be just about as leaky as your own.  The Cackler suggested that we might do a buy-out for a long weekend in Margaret’s B&B in Glenarm–which is Northern Ireland Tourist Board Approved–and invite the Chaffs to come along with you and Flo, but I thought better of it.

Anyhow, even though I haven’t managed to source the perfect gift just yet, I wanted you to know I am thinking of you. Happy 80th birthday Doris, your loving friend Blabs.

About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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2 Responses to A Birthday Gift for Doris Brazil

  1. Doris says:

    My loving friend Blabs,

    I would make for terrible company right now. I am quite emotional. It’s my birthday on Monday and, as you have pointed out, it’s a big one. I haven’t been feeling myself lately. Everyone talks about mid-life crises well let me tell you, end-of-life crises are much worse, There’s no coming back from those.

    I appreciate your kind words and lovely thoughts.I am very proud to have you as friend, Blabs.

  2. Doris says:

    Your loyal friend, Doris. Sorry I couldn’t see through the tears. I pressed the enter key prematurely.

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