We gathered last Friday evening to celebrate--just a few of the people who know and love Susan; my friend, and a mother of nine; with a rapidly increasing flock of grandchildren.
All she wanted to do to celebrate her milestone birthday--60 years on December 18, was to have dinner with a few of her girlfriends--so that's what we did, we gathered at The Whistle Stop in Beeton and we just hung out for a few hours laughing and enjoying one another's company.
Susan and I have known one another for a long time; she would know exactly how long--but I just know that in 1997 we met again after being out of touch for a gap of several years, and have been very close friends for the past 15.
"Close friends" means knowing each other extremely well. As with spouses, so in friendship, often opposites attract. We have had our share of crazy times, when the opposite parts poked our tender spots, but mostly we fit together like puzzle pieces meant to be together, making one another complete in ways that we wouldn't be without the other.
Susan is the best of grandmothers. I don't know how she manages to give so much individual quality time to her grandchildren when she has so many (over 16,) but she does! This little one is Ivy, her daughter Abby's little girl.
Her children are all amazing human beings whom I love, and her husband, Ron, is a dear person who loves her and makes her coffee every morning before she gets up, and comes to her rescue like a knight in shining armour, whenever she is in a scrape.
She has changed me for the better by challenging me whenever I am wrong, and forcing me to look at my blind spots. I am so grateful for her friendship.
Here are a few photos from the evening at the Whistle Stop.
On the left is Christy, Susan's daughter.
This is Heather, a daughter-in-law, and next to her is Emily, with Jorie on the end.
Down below, Frances is playing with Ivy!
The photo above left, is Jorie; Susan's youngest daughter. And below is Abby, who is Ivy's mother.
Here are two of Susan's dear friends: Cindy, who is studying carpentry, and Paivi, who is a writer and artist!
Cindy, Paivi, and Velma, another dear friend.
Emily and Jorie
It is called the "whistle stop" for a reason!
Susan thank you for being "you." We celebrate you and wish you a happy, happy, day!