Fabulous Over Fifty

I drove home with the back seat filled with birthday balloons. The balloons were a gift from Gretel who also took me out for dinner. We went to Sakura where the chef prepares steak, chicken, shrimp and/scallops in front of you, cooking on a giant hot plate. There is much theater with sharp knives, high-leaping flames and sizzling sauces. It is tremendously good fun and, in addition to dinner tonight, I have enough food left over for a birthday lunch tomorrow. It is always good to be treated to dinner and particularly so when the bill is picked up by a (full time employed) child who has been thoughtful enough to plan this use of her time and money.

The last couple of days have been full of delights: breakfast figs picked from the tree at my front door.  A fabulous red flower on an until-now-quite-boring shrub. Emerald Gray stones laid around the new garden pond where a frog is already quite at home. Oysters Rockefeller at lunch. The promise of a day lily sale at the Lutheran church on Saturday. A blue heron spotted from the bow of the beautiful Della Louise, an all-wood motor boat originally built in 1959, the year before my birth. I like to think we are both holding up quite well.

I shall keep the burst of balloons in my car and look forward to attention from motorists I meet tomorrow on the way to work. Fifty two, it turns out, is a great age to be.

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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One Response to Fabulous Over Fifty

  1. Lucy says:

    Lovely. Happy birthday, Liz. Xxx

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