Thursday, November 10, 2011
Close to Nowhere
OK, it’s not Thanksgiving yet. I went to “Christmas In A Day” anyway Saturday at Trevecca Manor in Red Banks (gorgeous place). It’s really not too early to start thinking about it — I know some who are already through shopping! I will mention I’m not one of those!
This Christmas party was fun! The M&M’s (Mary’s & Martha’s) at CrossPointe Church in Olive Branch plan demonstrations on cheap (OK, it’s not “cheap,” it’s “inexpensive”) and easy ways to make decorations and crafty gifts. Dollar Tree is a favorite store of both the ladies (Carol 1 and Carol 2) that showed us how to do the neatest things!
I love the decorations and stuff, but the food is the best part. Margie Mayer and Lucretia Langston scour the world, looking for easy, delicious hors d’oeuvres, etc.
My favorite this year is so easy it’s almost ridiculous — a chunk of pineapple, wrapped in a brown-sugar dredged section of sliced bacon and browned until crispy. To “die for” good!
The group I was with had an entire table — me, obviously, Remy (youngest granddaughter), Marion (Lyn, a good friend of Marion’s), and Susan and Jenna (Marion’s sister and niece respectively).
Marion mentioned a couple times during the party that Sonny and son Chris were going to take her out for Mexican afterwards, as a small celebration of her Nov. 1st birthday.
I cannot believe she did not notice everyone of us exchanging wild looks and sniggering!
Very, very few surprise birthday parties are actually surprises. But Sonny Pryor managed to surprise Marion that afternoon.
Lyn drove Marion home from Christmas In A Day, past the house and straight back to the bunkhouse. Marion wondered briefly about a strange car in her driveway, but by the time they pulled around to the bunkhouse, she was speechless.
A huge sign that said “Happy Birthday, Nana” greeted her, along with a crowd of cars and friends. Sonny got her! With a little help from everyone who attended!
I think Marion’s best gift that day, aside from the party itself, was a book. When she and Sonny married, he’d made her a book of memories. When their house burned about eight years ago, the book burned.
Sonny and son Chris got everyone to make a page for Marion for a new book.
Needless to say, she cried — tears of joy.
(44 days ’til Christmas)
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