Sunday, September 20, 2015

Off Key Symphony

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


  1. I like that. At the bank Friday there was a sign on my drive though station: Say Happy Birthday Bonnie. I did an Bonnie smiled. From the three stations around me I heard "Happy Birthday, Bonnie." It was quite lovely.

  2. What a brilliant idea! Wow. So simple yet so meaningful. She'd hear from everyone on her special day. Every year my mom never fails to call and sing that song to us on our birthdays. With three kids, seven grandchildren, one great grandchild and another on the way she's got a lot of singing to do!

    1. Yet another example of why your mom is such a special lady.

  3. What a wonderful idea! I'm sure she loved it.