We all converged on J.B. Dawson’s for dinner (Jon’s birthday, my birthday, Jer’s graduation from his Master’s program, and Jon going back for his senior year at Grove City College).
It’s a rare event in our family when everyone is together: Jon had a full-time job this summer; Mark was recuperating from his broken hip; Connie played nurse; Jeremy took three classes to finish up his Masters, and we FINALLY took time to celebrate the culmination of a LONG, but short summer.
Notice, there is no cake sitting on the table…it was GONE before I was able to get out my camera (they told me it was yummy!). I’ll just take their word for it.
Jon’s gift to me was in the form of a thank you for all the lunches I packed during the week (I won’t be doing that for a while).
Jer gave me a funny card (umm…no more sentimental ones; I’m 53!).
And Mark paid for the meal which I must say was excellent (I had a” gift certificate” to eat at Dawson’s).
We don’t eat together as a family that often, but when we do it is a rare event—reserved for birthdays, anniversaries, and going back to school. Jon is all packed up ready to go back to Grove City and for his birthday, we bought him a suit for all his interviews starting in the fall (can’t hurt, might help!). At first when he came out of the men’s dressing room, he looked a bit like Tom Hank’s in the movie, “Big.” The sleeves were EXTRA LONG and made him look like a gorilla. Three hours later we found one that was PERFECT (and they say women have a hard time making up their minds!).
Today the house is quiet.
Jon is vacationing with Kim’s family at Ocean City, Maryland. He has all his college stuff packed and ready to go when he arrives home next week.
Mark will probably go back to work at the end of September, and life will return to “normal”…a rare event!