Mama’s extraordinary birthday

Clockwise from top L: Whale mother and baby wood sculpture in Bodega Bay, Calif., Hazy view from the car, Mama and her Mud Pie, Mama and Me in Bodega Bay, Mama and Paisley take in the view

There’s no denying it. The day started with a very special cupcake. Because that’s who we are. And when you turn 78, you’re allowed to begin breakfast with a cupcake! Birthday activities were limited due to the pandemic and nearby fires, so we decided to focus on food. Again, that’s just who we are.

Mama’s birthday was momentous not only because she’s already outlived her prognosis, but because it was the first time we’ve adventured out into the world together since January! Smoky air conditions at home reinforced our decision to drive to the coast for fresh salty air and our favorite fish tacos. The change of scenery turned out to be nearly as restorative as the food was delicious! We had a great time talking, laughing, and watching the swooping birds and a seal (or sea lion?) playing.

But what made this birthday in isolation extra special was something entirely unexpected… when I shared the adorable photo of Mama and her cupcake to the NY Times Cooking Community and thanked the angel who sent us the boxed mix, more than a hundred strangers wrote heartfelt birthday wishes to Mama and nearly 1,000 people liked the post in one day! We can’t even believe what an amazing group it is!

Today’s #OneGoodThing with Mama was an extraordinary birthday! Happy birthday, Mama!!! Many thanks to all you magnificent people who helped make it so—from messages from friends to the kindness of strangers, as well as the conscientious and friendly staff at Fishetarian in Bodega Bay and Screamin’ Mimi’s in Sebastapol! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! And remember, kindness is everything!

Day 275 of 366. And Now Totaling 1,736 Days In A Row. Here’s the first 366, & the following 365, & the third year of 365 good things, & the 4th year of good things!

On this day…

6 replies

    • Thank you Rob for your birthday message! I’ve enjoyed your comments on our blogs for many years! I hope you are okay in rainy Haarlem!.
      Jude

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