Still, we pulled it off. In the afternoon, the two of us went out on a gallery tour--not only to see the art, but to continue the search for a suitable space for the launch of an art foundation in which we are playing a key role. More of that at a later date. In the meantime, we had a pleasant, purposeful and concentrated afternoon, and had some success in making in stimulating interest and support for our project.
Meanwhile, back at home, with Maggie's help, I had arranged for guests to arrive at six o'clock and await our arrival at six-thirty. They were to hide in the living-room, out of sight from the front door, while little Luka was assigned the task of opening the door. Having told Ellie that we were booked into a fine restaurant for a surprise dinner, I blindfolded her for a drive to a (to her) unknown destination--though I think she began to suspect something when she felt us headed up into the hills...
All went as planned. I led her to the front door, still blindfolded, and she knocked. A beaming grandson opened the door with a "Surprise! Happy Birthday, Grandma!" followed by his mom, down the hall corridor. Well, Ellie was delighted, of course--and still more delighted, walking further into the house, to be greeted by a room filled with some of her oldest friends and family--including cousins we had not seen for quite some time.
There followed champagne and pizza and birthday cake...
|The birthday girl|
|In background, our friend and neighbor Damian; foreground, from right, cousin Judie, friends Judy, Tim and Trini|
|Cousin David, little Luka|
|Ellie and our daughter Sarah; Maggie is the photographer|
|Friends of 45 years, Sheldon & Linda|
(Sorry not to have good pictures of everyone at the party. Some of them turned out... not so great. If anyone has pictures, please send!)
I was delighted with our success; and, more important, Ellie was delighted too. As I had hoped, it was an occasion to remember.
|A special thanks to Maggie|