New flowers, from our garden, on the table.
Irene turned 18 on Monday. We missed a celebration on Sunday at her Aunt Jan's because we were still isolating after being exposed to COVID, which we escaped.
On Monday, her actual birthday she went out to dinner after track practice with two of her track mate friends.
On Wednesday we were able join Irene, Isaac, and Jill for a casual dinner out for our turn at celebrating. Of course we had to order Mud Pie!
There was a card and a check, of course, and also something special. I had been waiting for Irene's 18th birthday to give her two rings of mine that I once was able to wear before weight and arthritis altered my body and hands. She was pleased with the star sapphire and the opal rings. For Jill's belated 50th birthday we presented her with her Grandmother Bernice's diamond ring, which we had tucked away for an long time now. Grandmother rings for both of them.
On Thursday we traveled to an away track meet in the 45 degree rain. Tom and I were under cover in the grandstand and bundled up with layers. The kids and coaches had to suffer the coldest April day in many years.
Still, Irene was a star, winning both the 100m and 300m hurdles.
She also ran the 200m sprint, and managed to pull into fourth place. She's not a star in this race but she likes to run it. After we left she also ran a leg of the 4x400 meter relay. I guess if you run enough you can keep warm even in that dreadful weather.Hopefully she slowed down today. We have.