Today was Amelia’s birthday. It turned out to be a grand event. Life has given us lemons recently. It has given everyone lemons, and we made the finest lemonade.
We had a Birthday Party Car Parade!
I arrived at Amelia’s house, ready to take pictures when the cars full of her classmates would drive by, honking and cheering. I stood in the yard at a distance. It was hard not to run up and hug her. We both understood.
“Jennie, I got dressed up for my party.”
“Yes, you did.”
“Can you tell me a story for my birthday?”
“Sure! What story do you want to hear?”
“The Tree Story.”
So, with great fanfare I told Amelia The Tree Story.
We heard a police siren. That was the escort for the parade of cars. Oh, it was a grand parade. Cars were decked out, classmates were cheering.
The posters and cars looked like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Children were more than excited, because they have not been together for three weeks. This was big. Children dropped cards out the car window for Amelia.
They worked hard at home to make cards.
I was overwhelmed. Watching every car that drove by with her classmates was like finding a long lost friend. I hollered and waved. I was loud. I was filled up. Making lemonade is a wonderful thing. Happy Birthday, Amelia!
“Children make your life important.” – Erma Bombeck