Yesterday, April 22, was my mom’s (Aka Gracie) 93rd birthday. As readers of this blog know, we have a history of trying to pull off wild events to help her celebrate.
For her 70th birthday, we arranged for her to drive a tractor.
For her 80th, a friend got her in to a hockey arena so she could drive a zamboni! A few days after that she jetted off to Beijing (where I was living) with some friends and we partied there for a week.
Then she did that again for her 85th!
On her 90th birthday we put out a call for 90 birthday cards and a friend took her for a ride in a big rig! That year we also drove her to Bend, Oregon (where she grew) up for a reunion with her nieces.
With the Covid crisis in full swing this year, we were hard pressed to figure out what to do. A friend of mine who is way more creative than I am suggested we do a “birthday parade.” Put Gracie in a chair at the end of the driveway for an hour and invite her friends to drive by and wish her happy birthday.
That’s what we did, and to say it was a success would be an understatement!
On one of the most gorgeous days we’ve had all spring, 53 cars (and 1 bike), conveying well over 100 people came by to help her celebrate. As you can imagine, a good time was had by all!
One thing I never imagined seeing, though, was 2 teenagers playing the xylophone on the back of a pickup!
And a few more photos, courtesy of my sister:
Thanks to everyone who came out! We’ve already started to think about next year’s 94th! (She wants to go back to China.) Suggestions are welcome.