I also did some non-family celebrating. I have a friend with a birthday just two days before mine and we met downtown for dinner before I left town. At this place, I ordered the same thing I always order - a sandwich made with a wheat roll, fresh spinach, baked tofu, Monterey Jack cheese, herbed tomato, pineapple, roasted onion, walnuts, pesto and mustard. I don't know what it is about this combination of ingredients, but it is irresistible to me. And of course, as with every time we go out to dinner, red wine and lots of laughter. My friend asked the waiter if there were any birthday specials. She is much more assertive than I am about things like that. And I'm glad, because we each got a cookie. I took my chocolate cookie and half my sandwich home for lunch the next day.
After I got back from the Savannah weekend, I had another friend over for dinner. Tomato-basil frittata, asiago bread with garlic butter, and a salad with greens, peppers, cucumber, dried apricots and pistachios. We had this conversation about the salad: Him: "What is this?" Me: "A pistachio." Him: (eating it)"They're good."
(holds up another on his fork) "And what is this?" Me: "A pistachio." Him: "I like those. You make the best salads." Me: "If you find any more, they're all pistachios."
As I was leaving work to get groceries for that meal, I saw this rainbow. I don't know what the next year is going to bring but I know it will just unfold as it will. Being patient with ambiguity is just not my strong suit, but I'm trying.