Happy 91st Birthday, Clella Mae!

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When we arrived at Mom’s care facility to take her out for her birthday celebration, Mom was just returning from eating dinner. (I had called earlier in the day to ask them to NOT let her go down to dinner. Oh well.) We decided to take her out anyway, because there’s always room for cake!

Mom really enjoyed the beautiful flowers that Livy sent her.

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As planned, we celebrated with a trip to the Old Spaghetti Factory, which is always a safe bet for Mom because she loves spaghetti and meatballs. She wasn’t too hungry for dinner, but she did manage to eat an entire (huge!) meatball.

More importantly, we ordered her a piece of Chocolate Mousse Cake, which turned out to be a real hit!

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When the time came to light her candle, nearly everyone around us joined in, and as I looked around, I saw so many happy faces. I mean, how often do you get to sing Happy Birthday to a 91-year old lady?

While everyone was singing, her face lit up like I haven’t seen in a long time. She seemed to be genuinely and completely happy for those few moments.

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It took Mom a very long time to make her wish, and I know that she was thinking about Daddy and wishing that she was with him. Finally, she blew out her candle.

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I don’t know what the next year will bring Mom, but I’m so glad we were there to celebrate this one with her.