Today is my birthday.
My original plan was to just totally ignore it. Not mention it and pretend it wasn’t happening because you see it’s a big one! I thought about just staying in bed all day and pretending it wasn’t happening but then something happened – a dream came true.
You see, on my 18th birthday, many years ago, my parent’s gift to me was a trip to England to visit some of my relatives who I had never met, to visit the birthplace of my grandparents. Unfortunately, that trip never happened. My father quit his job, moved across country, started his own business and the money was just never there.
I have mourned the loss of that trip for 32 years (don’t do the math!) In fact sometimes I have done more than just mourn it, I have complained about it and felt sorry for myself that I have never been to England.
Now before you feel too sorry for me, I have kissed the Blarney Stone and stood on the Cliffs of Mohr (while my husband hung out over the Cliffs!). I’ve also stood next to and witnessed the amazing power of Igauzu Falls in Argentina and visited the breathtaking Macchu Picchu in Peru so I’m not all that deprived.
But I have never been to England. When my son was accepted to study at Cambridge University this summer I was thrilled. If I was never going to make it there at least one of my children would have the experience.
Then my daughter Cali applied and was accepted into a study abroad program over in London for this coming Spring – again I was thrilled and secretly a little jealous.
Well last Saturday my sweet family and dear friends threw a surprise party for me. It was a wonderful party. So many of my friends were there to celebrate with me that it made turning __ not quite so bad (I still can’t bring myself to actually say the number!!)
There were friends, delicious food and great entertainment. (For complete details and pictures on the party visit Your Homebased Parties!)
And there was a gift from my husband.
It was a surprise gift.
It was a trip to England for 10 days. I will meet up with Cali after she finishes her studies this summer and we will tour the country (including a weekend trip to Paris hopefully!!)
So I guess turning 50 isn’t quite so bad (there I said it!!)
All of you out there that have been to England I need you to share with me your must sees! Where do we need to go and what can’t we miss??
More party details and photos here.
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