Saturday evening we celebrated my birthday early with my side of the family by going out to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. We went at 4:30 p.m. because our two-year old daughter Abby and our niece who is close in age both go to bed early. There were eleven of us total and we were pleasantly surprised, after we checked in at the restaurant, to be seated in our own private room. It was so cool! We had a large round table, which made it easy to see and hear each other throughout our meal as we enjoyed delicious food and great conversation.
My mom and I split a flight of four red wines. We are both “light weights” when it comes to drinking, but enjoy sampling different kinds of wine. So we appreciate when servers are willing to accommodate us. I ordered one of the night’s dinner specials, a Trio of Filet Medallions each with a different topping. The three toppings I chose were Twice Baked Potato, Cheddar and Parmesan, all of which were very good. I had a side Caesar Salad and a side of their signature White Cheddar Au Gratin Potatoes, which were also yummy. For dessert my mom had made and decorated my favorite kind of cake (yellow with chocolate icing). The restaurant was also very accommodating with this, as they allowed us to bring it, put the candles on for me and then after my family sang to me and I blew out the candles, our server took the cake back to the kitchen, cut it and then served it to us.
One of the highlights of our family dinner on Saturday, besides the wonderful food and drink, was our conversation. Years ago I read in a magazine that a fun and interesting discussion for guests at a birthday meal is to ask those at the table who are older than the person being celebrated to share what they remember about their life when they were the age that the birthday girl or boy is turning. Since I will be 37 on March 6th, my parents, sister, brother-in-law and his parents (who were in town visiting and joined us for dinner) all shared their memories of what was happening in their lives at age 37. It was fascinating to hear what they each had to share, including where they lived, what jobs they were working in, how old their children were and other tidbits from their late 30’s.
We had a lovely time at dinner and though our children got a bit antsy, which is typical when we go out to eat, the private dining room helped a lot to allow them to get up and move around (without bothering strangers at other tables). I received some very thoughtful and generous gifts from my family (including A Book of Blessings that my parents chose for me in honor of my new blog) and I relished in the time we had together that night.
I forgot my camera, which is unusual, but in some ways it helped me to relax and enjoy the many perfect moments I experienced with my family even more on Saturday night. We were able to snap a few good shots with my dad’s phone, including this one of Bob, Sean, Abby and me, so that was an added bonus to my already awesome early birthday celebration with my family.
As my family did at our dinner on Saturday, if you are older than my almost 37 years, I would love for you to share in the comment section here something about where you were in your life and/or what you were up to when you were my age. If you are younger, feel free to share where you hope to be and/or what you would like to be doing when you are 37. Thank you!
Lori from Write Mind Open Heart says that “Perfect Moment Monday is about noticing a perfect moment rather than creating one. Perfect moments can be momentous or ordinary or somewhere in between.” I love the idea of being mindful of and blogging about perfect moments. Over the years I have often used my blog more to write about things I am struggling with and though I know that is valid and important for me at times, I appreciate the idea of being intentional about also sharing the simple and very special moments in our lives. Many thanks to Lori for this wonderful opportunity to focus on what is right in our life, instead of what is wrong.
Click here to read about and comment on more Perfect Moments (there are links to others’ posts at the bottom of Lori’s blog entry) and/or add a link to one of your own.
Thank you for reading. I hope that you have a wonderful week and that you are aware of, as well as able to notice, many perfect moments in your own lives.
In the meantime, please feel free to take a look around, check things out, subscribe to my new RSS feed/add it to your readers, sign up to receive updates via email when I share new blog entries (look for this option on the sidebar), “like” my new Bereaved and Blessed Facebook page and let me know what you think.
I hope to continue to *see* you in the days, weeks and years to come here at Bereaved and Blessed.