We were standing at the dessert buffet table when my cousin Ken turned to me and said, "I'll bet she could still beat me at Pinochle. That woman is as sharp as she ever was..."
But I don't think I'll plan any games of pinochle with her in the foreseeable future. We are hoping Peach and Bob will make it to Davis for a day, but that is looking less and less likely.
I wonder what he would have said if he had been me earlier in the day.
I didn't go to Atria yesterday, but the day before we talked about going to Bob's birthday party this afternoon. I reminded her that it was written on her calendar. This morning, I called to remind her that we were going to the party. To my delight, she remembered and said she'd be ready to go at 3 when I said we would pick her up.
At 2:45, I called to let her know we were getting ready to leave and would meet her out in front of Atria.
"Oh?" she asked. "Where are we going?" I told her that we were going to Bob's party. "WHO?" she said. I said that it was Bob's birthday party and that I had talked with Peach and we were supposed to be there at 4. "Are they here?" she asked. I assured her that they were in Roseville and that we needed to leave in 15 minutes. "Well, I'll have to change my clothes," she said "I didn't know anything about this." She asked several times in the car where we were going and what we were going to do there.
Sigh. No, Ken--she will not beat you at Pinochle, and no, she is not as sharp as she ever was.
That aside, however, it really was a lovely afternoon and, as usual my mother covered beautifully and I don't think anybody got much of a hint at how she recognized almost nobody and had to be reminded of what all those people were there for. She was thrilled to see Peach again, of course, though she couldn't get over her curly hair and couldn't remember it ever being white. She told me several times that she just didn't recognize her.
But she got to see several other people in the family, like my 2nd cousin, Donna (Niecie's sister), Ken, and Peach's sister Mandy, whom we almost never see.
As for the birthday boy, Peach intended this to be a surprise and he was overwhelmed when he saw the crowd
We spent a lot of time indoors in the air conditioning since it was in the mid 90s outside, but later when it began to cool off we went to the dinner buffet arranged by Peach's son Mike and his wife Stacey--a fabulous spread! Then after dinner, they set up chairs so Bob and Peach could have their picture taken with everyone who was there, in groups of 1 or 2 (someone else took the picture with Walt and me in it, so I don't have that one)
and at the end of the guest pictures, pictures with the reason they had come out here, their new great grandchild, Everly (not Beverly). There was a Grandparent picture and a 4 generations picture (the guy in the red shirt is my godson, Peach's son). And yes, she is the most beautiful baby in the world...under the age of 2.
So a great time was had by all, and as the sun started setting, we told everyone goodbye and I took my traditional picture of Peach with Kathy's husband, Fred, the long and the short of it. (Once again, as I frequently do, I wished Kathy were there with us.)
My mother mentioned many times on the way home that it had been a "busy day" and I certainly hope she was able to get to sleep tonight. At least for one day she had something "exciting" to do and couldn't tell me nothing exciting ever happens in her life.
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