Hey hey! Grace here.
I hope everyone is having a solid week, regardless of our external circumstances around the world. It’s my dear Mums birthday tomorrow! 🙂
Friday the 13th.
Unlike so many, 13 is a lucky number for me. In fact, Friday the 13th is a lucky DATE for our family, thanks to my Mum and her timing. We also had two black cats in the family for 15+ years, so clearly us Grays laugh in the face of superstition.
Spring is a big birthday period for me. My Mum is March 13th, my boyfriend is March 18th, my birthday is March 23rd and my younger brother is April 1st (and my dear Granddad is May 6th, so lots of us bunched together!). As we all get a year older around the same time, I hold on to a quote that has always made me feel better about how quickly birthdays come around these days.
I hope you like it too.
Ain’t that the truth?
A few years ago I found myself stupidly panicking (in the lead up to a birthday) that I had wasted ‘the best years of my life’ and everything was moving too quickly. I found this quote online and it changed my entire outlook.
We often complain that we are yet another year older and that life is flying by. But how lucky are we to be able to share yet another birthday and another year?! Not everyone is so lucky! I say the older, the luckier!
We got to celebrate my Mums 60th last summer in Hawaii! Oh it was FANTASTIC. We don’t get to see each other YET this year for her 61st or my 30th, but I have all these wonderful Hawaii memories…which in reality was only about 7 months ago.
Here is the lady herself, at one of her favourite spots! Ghiradelli’s in San Francisco. I know this face. Yeah, she’s excited about her ice cream, sure. But this is not an ‘ice cream glow’. This is a ‘it’s my birthday and I’m going on holiday with my kids’ glow. We were arriving that evening.
We spent a fun-filled day in San Francisco; food, shopping, bus tours across the Golden Gate Bridge (windy!) and ended with a birthday party at my brothers house! The next morning we all flew to Hawaii!
One of the coolest ideas we had was to have TWO cars for the trip! Mum, Dave, Uncle Steve and Sheila in a nice big SUV. And then both Marks, Alex and I in what was named the ‘Kids Car’. A convertible jeep (we may or may not have broken the roof by the end of the trip!) that served us well on our ‘kids car’ trip to Costco and to do day trips that the ‘grown ups’ didn’t fancy!
Months before, we had decided to throw my Mum a surprise party at the Maui house during our trip, and so I’d pre-ordered and packed 8 lei (garlands of flowers) and lots of Hawaiian themed party pieces…
And we asked lovely Dave to take Mum for a walk down the beach, to distract her!
Meanwhile, my Mark got to work on the grill and the rest of us prepped food and decorated!
All ready for her! Burgers and all!
She was pretty surprised. And pretty chuffed. The weather was perfect. The company was even better. And it was SO MUCH FUN.
We also booked a snorkeling trip (sans Dave, I tried!) and though my Uncle Steve got 2nd degree burns on the backs of his legs, we had fun doing that together too!
So… not every year gets to be like this. But I’m feeling grateful that we were all able to gather together, from England, California and New York to celebrate her not too long ago!
We all agreed that we had never seen sunsets like it! And everyday they got more and more beautiful.
This year, my Mums birthday won’t be so fun. She just finished the SEC, has to move offices and the NEC has just been cancelled, so she’ll have to change gears to make up for that. Work work work! And in the meantime, in-between time, is taking care of her Mum post hip surgery. That’s life though isn’t it? Sometimes it’s absolutely wonderful, and then other times you just have to get your head down and try to stay as calm and happy as possible.
I find that in those times, it’s often helpful to focus on the better birthdays and memories… and gosh, we have lots. This is probably one of my favourite photos of my Mum ever.
Time to plan another trip for the future methinks (once everything has settled down). I’ve been trying to get Mum and Dave to New Orleans, I think they’d LOVE it. But we might just have to go back to Maui instead 😉
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MUM! Here’s to you!
Lotsa Love, Grace xoxo
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