I gave a surprise birthday luncheon yesterday for a dear friend who is always giving me any day surprises. She makes beautiful earrings and often has a tiny packet of swinging beads for me. It was two days after her big # 65 and I wanted to celebrate her in a special way. Gathering 4 more enthusiastic friends we agreed to keep her in the dark. Their husbands helped with taxi service so no telltale cars in our driveway when her husband said he needed to come by our house. Yes she was happily surprised. He made sure she was all-dressed up by telling her they were going to a special place for lunch. Then he disappeared and left us to the fun and the flower pot desserts.
Ladies like surprise parties much more than men. But that’s OK it’s a girly thing. Party food, pretty gifts, even a fun round or two of drawing special questions—”Where in the world would you most like to meet friends for a drink? Favorite restaurants, movies, books and memories of childhood parties.” Some children have never even had a birthday party.
Years ago I used to give a monthly birthday party for all the mothers-to-be in a Salvation Army Home. Most had never had the special gift of a birthday party in their young lives, gifts, ice cream and cake, candles to wish on to let them know they were loved.
My birthday friend is helping me, along with the others, in promoting our new book from HighTide Publishers. THE AWESOME ALPHABET ANIMAL PARTY. Everyone who has
seen it is excited. Most have purchased more than one copy for grandchildren, friends, teachers and a perfect birthday surprise. The reports from kids are great. “My new favorite book.” They love the interactive questions, opportunities to draw themselves into the party, and even babies delight to the rhythm, rhyme and color.
I’M EXCITED, YOU’RE INTIVED! THE AWESOME ALPHABET ANIMAL PARTY
JOYCE CARR STEDELBAUER is the also the author of four previous books of poetic meditations on Biblical People.
HAVE YOU MET EVE?
HAVE YOU SEEN THE STAR?
WHO ROLLED THE STONE?
WHERE ARE YOU ADAM?