Last week, two people I care about very much, celebrated birthdays. My Alec became fifteen, and Sister Karen became (mumble mumble mumble). I'm trying to be discrete here, but the fact is, we are all a year older on our birthdays.
I always thought it was cool that Karen is seven years and seven days older than me. This fact was even more interesting to me the year I turned seven on the seventh day of the seventh month. I must have had "seven" overload that year. Anyhoo, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KAREN!
Alec enjoyed several days of fun and surprises. Jenna took Monday off work to spend his actual birthday with him. We took him to the Children's Museum, and did some other stops along the way that he enjoyed. Then on Tuesday, we went to a wonderful place called The Village. This is an incredible daycare/school for autistic people who are ages sixteen and up. Two years ago, a group of parents joined together and bought a beautiful, retired winery and made it into a place where their children and others could go during the day. These people are treated with dignity, friendship, and respect. What a joyful experience we had, seeing what determined parents can provide for their loved ones. It is a dream of Jenna's to start a program very much like The Village for those around us who deserve the same thing.
Another interesting thing happened Saturday night. Jenna decided that we were going to a real drive-in theater out in the country. Now, this place is about an hour's drive from home. When we get there, we find out that FINDING DORIE, the show Alec wanted to see, was being shown after the new movie BFG (Big, Friendly Giant). Okay, so the outdoor theaters today have you turn your radio on to a certain station, and you listen to the audio of the show that way. So we sit through BFG, when Jenna realizes that her battery light has come on. When she tried to start the car, no dice! Yipes! Let's recap. It is now eleven o'clock at night, we are an hour's drive from home, and we have a dead battery. A young man parked next to us tried to jump our battery, but again, no dice. Finally, Jenna went to the concession stand and the management brought out a battery charger and finally got us going.
Needless to say, all during FINDING DORIE we kept the engine running.
I got home at 2:45 in the morning. I'm getting too old for going to kids' movies!
I guess I just want to congratulate both Karen and Alec on their birthdays, and to wish them both longevity.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL