Hey all you Camp Dorothy fans, here’s an update on Mom’s 84th birthday celebration. It was a great success even though supper at the Outback meant the birthday girl abandoned Wheel of Fortune for the high life with her son, middle daughter, and their spouses.
Pat and Vanna soldiered on bravely in Mom’s absence, but they missed one totally fun party. Mom doesn’t want them to feel bad, so please don’t pass on the following highlights of the evening to them:
- The waiter was one of my bro’s former students. Mom smirked every time the guy called her son Mr. Stratton.
- Mom was so giddy she ordered iced tea rather than her usual water with lemon.
- She was quite pleased with the perks that come with having a son’s former student as your birthday supper waiter – extra attention, extra bread, and samples of secret ingredients for tasting and testing.
- The blooming onion appetizer was a big hit, too.
- Birthday girls get a free ice cream sundae at the Outback Steakhouse.
- Birthday girls can have extra chocolate sauce and Oreo cookie crumbles added to the standard ice cream sundae when the waiter is a former student of her son. This birthday girl did.
- Polite birthday girls share their free ice cream sundae with the other diners at the table. This birthday girl was extremely polite.
After an entertaining, delicious, and exhausting evening out, Mom headed straight for a rest in her red chair. After unwrapping her present, she wasn’t too keen about standing up to pose with the signed and framed poster she received from Chinese artist, Kairong Liu earlier this summer.
But apparently, the blooming onion, the extra bread, and the iced tea gave her the gusto necessary to rise to the occasion. It’s a good thing, too, because the poster’s big. Seated, she was barely visible over the top of it. Standing, both she and the inscription could be seen.
You can see both of them, too. Mom’s the one standing and holding up the picture and wishing she was sitting in the red chair. The inscription is in black, near the bottom and on the right just below the picture and above the printing. It says, “To Mrs. Stratton from Kairong Liu.
I bet neither Pat or Vanna has that combination of letters!