Last night Hubby Tony and I learned that an acquaintance of ours was celebrating her 60th birthday today. She said the only thing she wanted, present-wise, was for people to sing Happy Birthday to her either in person or on the phone. Tony and I both told her we didn't have good singing voices. She said it didn't matter; she enjoyed hearing everyone, and in her experience the joy went both ways, because everyone smiles when they sing the song
So after dinner tonight I got out my phone and prepared to make the call. Son Donald was in the room, so we enlisted him in our informal chorus. I dialed the number, turned on the speakerphone, and waited. When she answered we announced ourselves and launched into our off-key rendition of the song.
She seemed genuinely happy to have heard from us. We wished her a happy day and hung up. This had to be one of the easiest birthday presents ever.
Five years ago today: Artistic