So, this does not count as Week 2. However, this was such a happy day that I decided to include it in this blog.
January 3rd was my Mom’s 40th birthday. To sum my Mom up since no one on Tumblr knows her: she is a saint. I have never met someone so hardworking, generous, dedicated, motivated, and most importantly as selfless as her. She has struggled her entire life to raise me and my sisters without resorting to government support. Not a single day went without some sweat. Despite all of her obstacles and pitfalls, she was never too good to go out of her way to help someone in need, even if it meant another stressor or burden on her life. This is no possible way I could share all of the amazing things about this woman without typing away for hours on end; therefore, I call her a saint, as it is the word most fitting to describe her.
For her 40th birthday, my aunt and I wanted to hold an awesome surprise birthday party. We wanted to do something really special for her, because she truly deserves it. We planned for a couple months, called each other back and forth, etc. Finally due to some pitfalls, we decided to hold the party at my aunt’s house. I tried endlessly to communicate with some of Mom’s old high school friends via Facebook, but I blame that failure on her generation’s lack of interest in social networking. However, my aunt was able to contact her best friend from high school who was also her maid of honor. Melanie and her husband Mike (who was also friends with Mom back in the day) showed up. Mom’s other sister, her mother (my grandmother) and husband were also flown down from Tennessee.
She had a great time. The party was “Old person” themed, so we really had some fun with that. We played old person themed Bingo (my Mom LOVES bingo, and thought that was where she was heading when she walked in for her surprise). Everyone got her sympathy cards and tacky old people gifts. It was hilarious. It felt great to see her smiling for a solid 7 hours, and to see her elation at being reunited with her old best friend and sister who she only gets to see every few years.
Despite the party not being quite what my aunt and I had in mind, Mom had a blast and overly appreciated everything. She couldn’t have been happier.