Passing the Birthday Torch
It felt like a passing of the torch. We came to her rather than the other way around. She showed us new paths for walking, the way the sun slants in her back windows, some wedding gifts they just received. There was a giant cookie rather than a cake.
But when we finally all gathered (arriving in three separate cars and one bike), there was lots of laughing and talking — while consuming great quantities nan, rice, lamb vindaloo and chicken tikka.
It's a marvelous ride, parenthood. Not always smooth, of course, but unstinting in the possibilities it provides for surprise and gratitude and joy.