One of my closest friends (Cindi) had a 50th birthday for her husband over the weekend. We had so much fun surprising him, playing games (yes, even building with play dough and guessing word games), enjoying snacks, gabbing, and singing happy birthday. Probably the best part was sharing some of the things we most appreciate about Rex, who’s truly a great guy, and recounting happy memories. The interconnections are fun too! When Alan was in medical school, we used to go to Cindi’s house because her parents helped sponsor their local Christian Medical Society. Cindi was 8 years younger than we were, so I didn’t recognize her when she and Rex visited our church some 11 years ago (but 15+ years after medical school). However, I love to meet new people and try to make them feel at home, and so Rex and Cindi remembered me as part of the warmth that drew them to continue coming to the chapel. Rex and Cindi invited Chad and Meredith to the chapel some years later, who invited Laurie and Steve just a couple of years ago. Meredith’s mother held the baby shower for Cindi and Rex’s first baby, and Laurie used to be in a home schoolers group with another gal in our chapel with whom Cindi and I have a “birthday party club” (of sorts). How do you like that for interconnection, sharing, giving, and receiving love? “Cast your bread upon the waters: for you shall find it after many days” (Ecclesiastes 11:1). Amen!
In closing, I have to pass along a few of favorite jokes that seem appropriate for those of us who’ve become members of the “Nifty Fifties” set:
Too soon, we reach the age where the happy hour is a nap.
After a certain age, if you don’t wake up aching in every joint, you’ re probably dead.
Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.