Table for 18
It’s Friday. Continuing with my friends and family’s utmost generosity and kindness to me, I attended yet another birthday party tonight, this time with my family. My sisters and their families and my kids took me out to dinner to celebrate. I ate too much, but laughed my head off when the not-so-svelte belly dancer decided to invite members of my family to the dance floor! It was a sight! The best part of the night was when I looked across the table at my 12 and 13 year old nephews who were watching the belly dancer with fascination! My niece also turned 14 this week. I asked her if her mother had objected to her wearing makeup tonight, and she said “yes.” I told her she was beautiful no matter what she did, but that she could ask me which way I prefer her beauty, with or without makeup. She said “Thank you Khaleh,” but didn’t want to ask me about my preference, so I kept quiet! Some days I think being the “favorite Khaleh” to my nieces and nephews means that I am the “witchy sister” to their mothers! Ha Ha, I don’t care! I know you have heard me say this many times before, but I say it again: the best things in life are free. Don’t look for them in shops, places, and things. Look for them across the table, out the window, through the telephone receiver, and down the road, free and simple and valuable, unattainable with money, visible and tangible only through your hearts. I wish you all a good weekend, full of love and laughter. Go out to dinner with your family and friends and celebrate no particular occasion, but your love and friendship. Kiss many times and hug until your arms hurt, and if you can, dance until you can’t move anymore and laugh until your ribs hurt! Celebrate yourselves. Be good y’all.