One month from today my beloved Mom will be celebrating her 90th birthday! Neither her, nor I, never thought she would see the day. I have been doing a bit of research on 90th birthdays since I have no idea what is associated with this particular milestone. I found out that it is the birthday of the double sapphire. Not sure how much double sapphires cost but I have a feeling Mom will not be getting any jewelry with that stone. Lucky for me, Mom is not interested in jewelry at all. I also found out that purple is often associated with this birthday as it represents royalty, wisdom and dignity. I like that. Funny that I picked out this picture before I knew this tidbit of info. The royalty part works well as I like to think of Mom as the Queen Mom and I enjoy trying to treat her like royalty.
This morning I asked Mom what one month from today was. She looked at me with a big grin on her face and exclaimed, “My birthday!” I know this is a very special milestone for her in her life and I want to make it special for her. I have a feeling she secretly is hoping I will do something very special for her day of glory. I don’t want to disappoint her. What to do for a 90 year old?? How do I plan a special event without overwhelming her or tiring her out? I have been musing about this for some time now and have come up with a few ideas.
Mom does not leave the house much now so whatever I do needs to be at my house. She also tires easily and needs her afternoon nap. So…… I have been thinking of a small drop in event. Later in the afternoon after she would be up from her nap. There are unfortunately not a lot of her friends and family left but the few that are around will get a special invitation from me to come join her on her special day. We’ll have tea ( kinda like high tea since we’ll do it from 4-5:30pm) little sandwiches, and goodies from the bakery in town ( since I am too exhausted to do baking) I might try to make sugar cookies with the numbers 9 and 0 stuck together to make “90” cookies. That might be the extent of my baking. My brother and family will come down and join the festivities. This will take place on the weekend before her actual birthday. On her actual birthday, I am hoping to have her one last best friend who is 93 herself to come for a lunch date with mom. I will serve something nice for both of them. For a gift for Mom I am planning with my brother to have a photographer come to the house and take family photos of all of us. I think Mom would love this as she loves photos.
Well, this is all well and good. Now I just have to get going with it. It seems overwhelming but I really really want to make this birthday a very special one for Mom and for all of us. I just have to override my exhaustion, my anxiety, my overwhelming feelings and like NIKE says, “Just do it!” I know there will be tears, meltdowns, and also great anticipation and excitement. I CAN do this.
Oh, forgot to mention that the cats will be sporting their best bow ties in honour of the special occasion.
Well, I better get going. Got a party to plan and a very special Mom to honour.