Last night's birthday supper was about the most excitement I've experienced in years. It was like, well- a fiesta! I'd never been to this particular restaurant, or at least under its present ownership, and it would appear to be THE place to go on a Friday night. There was a large outside eating area with a massive umbrella covering almost the entire space. It was like a palapa except that it was an umbrella.
And there were lights strung up and there was very, very loud music playing and there were things for children to play on and children were indeed playing on them and the children were screaming in delight and happiness and the wild freedom of being out and outside on a Friday night in the dark! It smelled a little like the fair and reminded me a bit of it too.
As you can see, Gibson and Owen have both recently had hair coloring done and Gibson now also has pierced ears, like his big brother. My darling wildlings.
We joined Lily and Lauren and Jason and his mother and the children at a big table and the grown-ups ordered drinks, some neon, some not quite so colorful. Hell, Mr. Moon and I even got margaritas, but just the regular kind with good tequila and because they were served in glasses the size of hubcaps, we sipped slowly.
And Maggie, because it was her birthday, got a virgin something-something that was as fancy as a princess could want.
It was good to be with Jason and his mother, to let the children see and feel that we are all family, even though things have changed. And it was just nice. There was no unpleasantness and conversation flowed, chips and salsa shared, all was well. It took so long to get our food that I told Mr. Moon that it was like deja vu all over again, remembering lunch. But we managed not to die of starvation. And Maggie got to open the presents I'd brought her.
The thing she's opening in that picture is a giant activity pad with stickers and I don't know what all. It seemed impressive. But the present she liked best that I gave her was a "busy book" of "Encanto" the Disney movie we watched recently. I hear that Maggie has watched it several times and goes around singing the songs. Unbeknownst to me, Lily had gotten her an Encanto cake so it was a good gift choice.
Maggie was so delighted with the little figures of the characters that came with the book that she insisted they all be arranged on the table to watch her eat.
By the time we were finished with supper, I had been completely overstimulated by the noise and activity and people. The inside part of the restaurant was still completely full and no one was wearing a mask, servers were running hither and yon with trays of food and drink, and every time I went in to use the restroom (we were there a long time) I came out feeling like I was in some sort of Fellini dreamscape of noise and color and underlying threat. So when we finished our meal I was grateful to hug everyone good-bye and come home to Lloyd where Maurice was waiting in the yard for us to come home.
But I am very glad we went. When Lily first asked me if we wanted to come, I said immediately, "I don't think so," but after talking to my husband and thinking about it, I realized that it was important for us to go for Maggie's sake if for no other reason although honestly- she was having so much fun that I doubt she would have noticed if we hadn't been there. And it was important for me, too. I have become way too home-bound and fearful of leaving my house, especially at night. So for many reasons, it's good we went.
After supper, the kids and Lily and Lauren and Jason and his mother went to Jason's house where they had the beautiful cake.
May all her wishes come true.
I think Magnolia June had a very, very fine birthday.
And today has been an easy day, a loving day with just me and my husband. I worked in the garden a little and did some household stuff. He's about to go to a basketball game and will be leaving early tomorrow morning for Louisiana.
I am feeling very peaceful and very grateful on many levels for so many things.
And I'm kind of wishing I had a piece of purple birthday cake. I do love a Publix buttercream frosting.
Let's chat again tomorrow, shall we?