Expressions of the Soul

Looking back, but only a little!

Last week was the end of months of plotting and planning something wonderful for my dear husband David’s 50th birthday.  To me birthdays are a big deal and I think they should reflect the joy of new life that came about in the form of a loved one!  David’s greatest passion is music…so…what to do for a musician that was out of the ordinary?  Well, it was obvious!  Gather fifty of his closest musical friends and have a party that everyone at church could be part of!  You know, some food and then a jam session.  Sounds relatively simple, doesn’t it?

Yeah, it started out with much enthusiasm and ease.  As with all things involving people, complications occur!  In the end the group of musicians traveling the greatest distance had “problems” and would not be able to make the party.  I was crushed.  However, it just so happened that David and I were going to be in their neck of the woods the day before his birthday so we would just do the first part of the party there.  After several thousand telephone calls and equally as many emails a plan was settled upon and off we went with my gigantic secret in tow.  The party was a total surprise to David, and his gift to us all was catching him speechless!  He was reeling for days after and was not at all aware for what was to come next!

Move forward to Sunday morning, which began pretty much as most church mornings do for him, with a hint of something special was about to happen.  Of course, there were all sorts of things going on he had no idea of and I was pretty weary from all the months secret keeping!  Everyone showed up in Hawaiian shirts and the atmosphere was electric with excitement and celebration!  After church we had a luncheon with dozens of balloons, decorations, and in the memory of anyone in attendance – more people than had ever fit into the social hall.  He was totally shocked by it all. Speechless again!  It was worth every minute of plotting and planning.

Of course, it would not have happened without the gigantic efforts of the folks who actually did the decorating and physical work.  They came together as a loving community and made a celebration not to soon be forgotten.

The lesson I learned is – two surprise parties within two days is too much!  Not as much for me but for the birthday guy!  He was totally overwhelmed.  I think now, several days after,  he is getting back to [his] normal.  Well, he won’t forget that birthday for a l – o – n – g time!  And there seem to be some future trust issues lurking (lol)!

The photo above is from the show we went to do and a peek at what the booth had to offer on the cold, windy, costal summer’s morning.  After the 100+ degree heat we had been experiencing it was a pleasant change.  Thanks to all who stopped by and said hello.  It was good to see each and every one of you!

Thank you for reading about David’s birthday celebration.  Thank you for reading any time!  Tell your friends to stop by and please, feel free to leave a comment.  It is time for me to get back to work.  I hope you enjoy the bounty of what summer has to offer and take just a moment to soak it all in, sip some freshly made lemonade, and taste a fresh from the garden delight!  Until next time…

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One response

  1. Sheila

    Carolyn,
    Too bad I didn’t know about David’s 50th!!!! It was wonderful to see both of you. You are such delightful folks, I hope we get a little more time to visit next time.
    hugs,
    Sheila

    ps Congratulations on pulling off a successful birthday celebration …..
    very interesting about your “red” experience

    July 23, 2010 at 1:03 am

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