A toast to our 89 year-old selves

I was able to spend the afternoon with my grandmother celebrating her 89th birthday. My mom has a knack for making every occasion special, and today was no different. Birthdays are a big deal at my house and I try to keep that tradition alive. Growing up, my brother and I had the most amazing parties… we once used (new) pizza boxes for the invites to a Ninja Turtle party, But I digress.

Today 12 of Grandmother’s closest friends met to celebrate her 89th trip around the sun. We were at an old train station-turned restaurant in Kerrville and had the place to ourselves. Not only that, but we had a centerpiece of stargazer lilies, orange roses and pink-orange snapdragons so fresh I thought I was at a garden party. If this is how it feels to be a lady who lunches, sign me up!

The room was very much alive with laughter and women catching up, I’m sure there was some hot gossip being shared too. If you closed your eyes you would have thought you were at a lively happy hour with your best friends. These women were unapologetic about having fun and it was contagious. Each woman was dressed to the nines, in her own style of course: Polka dots, large chunky turquoise jewelry, and Hermes scarves were all spotted at the party.

Louise, my new role model, shared stories with me that had me wishing she would hang out with me on the weekends. She didn’t regret living her life, even the messy parts, and it was obvious it she thinks it gets better every day. YES! I’m so happy my grandmother has friends like Louise to reminder her that even a nibble of cake and ice cream is better than none. (I assure you I cleaned my plate.)

Tonight I invite you to imagine yourself at 89. I see myself healthy and active, a woman who wears monochromatic outfits (a.k.a. slightly eccentric), and I am surrounded by my sweet friends laughing after a scandalous joke. There is always enough champagne. 

Have a great weekend. As Garrison Keillor says, “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”

Oh, and turn the volume up on this song.