Good morning to all. I hope that your weekend went as you had planned. It was a lovely weekend here in the Chicago land area and promises to be a great couple of days coming. This morning I am off and running a few errands and will return to the painting table.
Today's blog is about birthdays. I called my daughter Sunday to wish her a happy birthday. She turned 38 years old. I cannot believe where those years have gone. As we spike on the phone, she told me she was having a wonderful day. They were having quite a number of new friends over. You see, they have recently moved to Texas. I was so thrilled to hear her so happy. It made me go back in time to think of all the birthday party's that I have given her through the years. I thought about one in particular. It was the year that we moved into a new home. I was concerned that she might not have too many friends being that we hadn't been there very long. But, my girls had made fast friends. So on her 4th birthday, we had a Rocker girl party. Every one was to come dressed up as a rock star. It was the time when Madonna and Cyndi Lauper were so popular. It was such a blast to see those young ladies all dressed up in sparkles and colors. Their hair was all ratted up and makeup was on to the hilt. They sparkled from head to toe.
I wanted to make it special, so I made some bowls out of old record albums. I melted them over an aluminum bowl in the oven. I filled them with chips and popcorn. I used a record album at each place setting for a charger...I know, kids that age never realized it was a charger, but it just made the table look great. I made special mattes with all kinds of cut outs on it from pop magazine and then took each girls photo and put it inside the matte and framed it. They loved the opportunity to pose like they were an actual movie star.That was a souvenir to take home to remember the day. Things like necklace and jewelry were scattered all about the table and had made little bags full of lipstick candy and appropriate gifts. We plays silly games and they danced to music by Madonna and Lauper. I think back today about how much fun that party was for me! I still glance at those pictures and cannot help but smile! They are so sweet and thought they looked so grown up and like the Rock Star they were portraying. Well, really, on that day, in my eyes, they pretty much were. Each year I tried to make my daughters birthdays special with some type of themed party. It was a gift to me to see their smiles and happy faces. I often wonder whether those parties ever come to their minds. I hope so! As time has passed and they are no longer living here, it is a lonely day thinking of them on their special day, but I stop and think back on some of their past birthdays and celebrate the days that we were together! I guess I will always think of them as my little girls....even if they are 38 and almost 37!