December 12th, 2008

jewitch

Poem for Friday

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I had a fairly nice, somewhat melancholy birthday, which is about what I expected for a week when two families I've known for many years lost a parent/grandparent. gblvr met me at Tara Thai, where I indulged in Thai iced tea as well as tom ka gai soup and pad see euw; then we came back to my house (after I picked up younger son from school in the pouring rain) and talked craft projects and Torchwood, with helpful interjections by younger son about penguins and Bionicles. Then I took him to tennis, while in the meantime apaulled went to pick up older son from robotics, schlepping a big box of cookie dough sold to raise money for the choir. This is the first week of a new tennis session and was disrupted when one of the kids had a nosebleed -- not all the parents stay and watch, so the teacher was off the court for 15 minutes dealing with this while the kids "practiced their serves" (i.e. hit tennis balls all over the place haphazardly).

We had dinner with my parents -- Mediterranean, gyros for the kids and Athenian chicken for me, with pita and hummus and salad and feta, plus Nubian chocolate roll for dessert -- I ask for this every year. Afterwards we stopped to pay a shiva visit to the family of my parents' friends, which I expected to be stressful and depressing (the kids had homework they needed to do, I hadn't seen any of the daughters in about a decade, they'd just lost their father) but was actually really nice...I saw many of my parents' good friends, my childhood pediatrician, the woman who introduced my sister to her husband, and a couple of people with whom I went to elementary school, and I met the husband of one of the daughters who was also my editor at a now-defunct web site called Family Wonder, and had nice conversations with three of the daughters who were surprisingly composed and extremely welcoming although they must have been nearly too exhausted to stand up.


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I must admit that Facebook makes for some pretty awesome birthday vibes...I had, like, 40 people write on my wall, and none of them are even my best RL friends! Though RL people and LJ friends were pretty awesome to me as well, and I just want to say thanks so much to everyone who made my birthday special!