It has been quite a while since I had a party for this blog. The last one was almost three years ago when I was at 10,000 so I was overdue. We booked the big room at Da Boyz, our favorite Italian restaurant, and then had to change the date/time several times to accommodate my guests weekly events such as Bingo night, Jeeping day, and the Camera Club meeting. We finally settled on Monday at 2 pm.
The guest list was an eclectic group consisting of Parkie friends, current and former neighbors, Camera Club buddies and one or two other friends. We picked up the cake I ordered and headed down to the restaurant to meet everyone for a lunch.
One of the first things to greet me was a florist carrying flowers from one of my Parkie friends who had a bad cold and couldn't be there.
|Do you like my Happy Parkie shirt???
Then friends came pouring in, carrying balloons and roses and congratulatory cards. Introductions were made, hugs were exchanged and we settled down and ordered lunch.
My Wonderful Husband made a small speech, several others did, too. I thanked everyone for helping us through that rough period a year or so ago.
Then we did what we do best. We ate and laughed. After lunch, we ate cake and laughed some more.
Then came the big surprise that no one was expecting. We picked up the check for everyone there. It was the least we could do. These friends have been there since before that first blog story, cheering me on, lifting me up, nagging me to walk, making me laugh, giving me much needed hugs, treating me like their favorite sister/daughter/niece. We are truly thankful for each and everyone of them.
And I am truly thankful for each and everyone of YOU who takes time to read my stories. Have a Happy Parkie Day!