Most of you know by now that I’ve just returned from the northwest where I traveled to celebrate my mom’s 90th birthday (see previous posts You CAN Go Home Again and What is Important?). I love birthdays! Not because of presents and cards (actually I don’t really like receiving—or even giving—gifts). I love birthdays because they mark the passage of time in a life. They are our personal, annual, rites of passage.
Our culture isn’t very good at acknowledging rites of passage, which is in marked contrast to indigenous cultures that have important ways of marking profound life transitions. But we DO celebrate birthdays!
So my whole family gathered to mark the beginning of Mom’s 9th decade. I promised I’d bring you all along, so here are some pictures of mom’s festive day. Welcome to our party:
Love to you all,