Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Day 15: Simple Birthday Celebration



My family is nothing if not socially efficient.

We usually take our own cars to events, in case we need to leave.

We sit at tables with our backs to the wall, in the event we need to fight our way out. (just kidding…maybe…)

And all of my life, my father was the perfect guest.  He did not dally. He left when he needed to.

This afternoon at 5:00 pm we (my husband and I, one of our daughters, my brother, and my father)were at Luby’s (his choice) in McAllen to celebrate his 88th birthday.

We were there about 30 minutes.

In route he opened his gift (another efficient use of time) and thanked me for the millionth long
sleeve shirt I have given him in my lifetime.

His short comment of, “Sister, you always give me the prettiest shirts,” will forever be etched on my heart.

So the point is it doesn’t have to be complicated.

It doesn’t have to take hours and hours.

We all ordered what we wanted, and we laughed.  Boy did we laugh.

Having said that, I can now say that sometimes it DOES need to be complicated.

When most days you opt for what is simple, you’ll know when to complicate things.

And that will be worth it too.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yup. No need to dilly-dally. Happy Birthday to your Dad!

Simply LKJ said...

Aww. Happy Birthday to your dad.

Patty Marker said...

Treasure those days. I lost my dad nearly three years ago and not a day goes by where I don't think about his teasing and familiar ways. Such a sweet post.

Twinkle Terrior said...

That is so sweet ! We can learn a lot from our elders! God bless him with an amazing 88th year!

Life in the Enchanted Forest said...

Laura! Sooooooooo glad you are back! I've missed your conversational blog entries that speak to the heart of all of us who love to read you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, passions, and wisdom with us. (especially love letters to daughters!)

Mimi said...

I love the term "socially efficient"! I know exactly what you mean because my mother is the same way. :-)

Deb said...

we also take our own cars (trucks)...sit with our backs to the wall...always park where we have a easy must be a Texas thing...Happy Birthday to your handsome Dad...

Pura Vida said...

We can learn a lot from 88 year olds and I think you have dear Laura

Theresa said...

Happy Birthday to your HANDSOME Daddy! I know that you all enjoyed your time celebrating! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Donnamae said...

Perfect! Love that term...socially efficient! Happy Birthday to your Dad! ;)

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