Her friend Gina and I wanted to do something over the top, but knew a party wasn't allowed. Joan hates attention. And not in one of those "i-am-going-to-tell-you-i-hate-attention-but-really-i-love-it" ways. Like, I know she won't speak to me if I try to pull a bunny out of a hat.
Anyway, the idea was to create this "50 Wishes" box, where 50 people send in a card or a letter for her to open from the box.
We got cards from work friends, family, neighbors, church friends, and even her oil change guy and dog groomer.
All of the cards were stamped in order from one to fifty and placed in the box.
Of course, you always have that one friend who gets an envelope too big for the box. Or the friends and family that you have to track down an hour before the box is due. :)
Joan thought I was coming over to help her paint last night. That was her first mistake. Instead, Gina and I show up at the same time with the "50 Wishes" box and a bag of Chinese food.
Looking at these pictures just makes me grin ear to ear. She was so happy, so moved, and felt so loved. The last card was from her oldest son, Jeffrey. He wrote her a letter titled "50 Reasons You're an Awesome Mom." A few of my favorites... "You made me and I am awesome,".... "Your ability to return anything without a receipt,"... "You spend 20 minutes setting Mouse Trap up for Aiden, even though he always quits half way through."....
Happy Birthday, Joanie. I love you. Boats n' Hoes this weekend.