Two organizations that Tony belongs to both scheduled breakfast at the nearby American Legion post after Mass today. Before we left church a 'little bird' told one of Tony's friends that it was his birthday. During breakfast that person announced it to the entire room, who sang Happy Birthday to him. Then, for the next 45 minutes people took the opportunity to wish him a good day.
For a present I bought Tony tickets to a St. Louis Symphony concert entitled "Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and the Ladies of Swing". The event started at 3:00, so after we fed the cats we got in the car and drove to Powell Hall. We followed the stream of people into the beautiful hall and took our seats. The concert was wonderful! I think I enjoyed it as much or more than Tony did.
Earlier in the week I had told Tony to pick a restaurant to go to for dinner. It looked like he had a great time researching options and finally making a choice. After the concert we drove in that direction, got lost, then pulled up the information on Google and discovered the restaurant was closed on Sunday anyway.
We ended up at an Ethiopian restaurant in Grand Center, where we shared an appetizer of sambosas and a vegetarian combo plate. At the end of the meal, when the waitress came by and heard it was Tony's birthday, she announced, "We celebrate". Several minutes later she returned carrying a piece of baklava drizzled with chocolate sauce, holding a single lit candle. When she reached the table she put the plate in front of Tony and we sang in his honor.
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