This flirty May weather is skipping right along its usual erratic path. One day it is 80 degrees and the next it is teeth-chattering cold, and it’s raining.
All-in-all, May is a delightful month. It is my birthday month and I’ve always been enchanted at the concept of May baskets secretly left on your friends’ doorsteps, and at the concept of dancing around a maypole.
I spent my birthday weekend in Palo Alto with my daughter Heather and her two children — Catherine, age 7, and 4-year-old Ryan. The kids (along with their mom’s help) baked me a birthday cake with their favorite chocolate frosting with lots of colorful sprinkles.
My big birthday surprise was an invitation to escort Catherine to the San Francisco Ballet’s production of “The Little Mermaid.” This was a very adult production with dramatic lighting, costumes, sets and avant-garde dancing.
The production was pure magic for both Catherine and me. She was dressed in her best hot-pink taffeta party dress and her shiny blonde hair was expertly coiffed. She looked absolutely beautiful. What a proud grandmother I was. This is certainly one birthday present I’ll never forget.