I have enjoyed asking family members each year "What would you like for your birthday dinner?" That has produced Italian meals more than once, Indonesian and Mexican food often. We have had a murder mystery game dinner, a luau, and cookouts.
So I was not surprised recently when Joe said "I have decided what I want to do for my birthday!" "A dinner," he said -with our family. Here. (at home) And I want violin music!" So of course, that is exactly what we had this past weekend. For Joe's 75th birthday he finally did not have "Cheap Cream Cake." He had lasagne and all the trimmings, tiny cupcakes, family, and unspeakably beautiful violin music. Aija Isaacs, who teaches music to several family members, brought her family and violin and gave us an enchanted evening.
My birthday present to Joe is in the photo below, a collage of a great many of the tickets to events, musicals, and theatre we have enjoyed through our nearly 50 years together. I can say without hesitation that his birthday evening of violin music was the best of all by the expression on his face. Many thanks to Aija, to our children for all their help with the evening, and to our friend Tommy Gay Dawson for her lasagne!