As my mother's 75th birthday approached, I talked with my dad and made some plans for how to celebrate--plans like having her come for dinner the day before her birthday (because on her birthday, my kids were involved in choir rehearsals, and we wouldn't have had a chance to all be around the table together) and making a homemade-from-scratch angel food cake (the kind of cake I ALWAYS make for her birthday).
None of my plans included her having a bad fall five days before her birthday, fracturing her skull, and spending most of four days in the hospital; and when those unexpected events happened, I assumed Mother would still be hospitalized and we would simply postpone the birthday celebration until a later date. But then--thankfully!--she was able to be released earlier than we had been told; and by her birthday, she was back "home"--in a new-to-us area of Bridgewater Home.
On Monday afternoon, her actual birthday, the kids and I were delighted to take a couple balloons and some cards and go visit her. And I think she was delighted to see us. :)
I still haven't had a chance to make that angel food cake for Mother, but I plan to. Even though her official birthday is over, we're still celebrating; and the remembrance of her recent injury makes her presence among us even sweeter.
Happy birthday, dearest Mother! I'll love you forever! ♥