Zoe and Maya had each made Mimi a mandala – a special kind of circle drawing she taught them – but couldn’t wait until today to give them to her, so her birthday actually started yesterday with the girls sneaking the mandalas out of the cabinet in my room and giving them to Mimi while my back was turned! They then woke up at 5:45 this morning to start the day off bright and early (yipes, WAAAAY too bright and early). Happy pre-dawn birthday to you, Mimi!
Since we were up so early, we decided to take a special trip to Gulangyu, a nearby island – more about that in the next post! After touring, we treated Mimi to a scrumptious lunch of shrimp, steamed fish, broccoli, and fried rice. Mmm, mmm, finger-lickin’ good!
After we came home, Zoe and I sneaked out to cook up a birthday surprise for Mimi (of course, Zoe is not the best co-conspirator for any secret project – she just had to announce to Maya what we were doing, and do everything but put it on a neon sign for Mimi to read!). We went to the bakery to get little cakes, hit a near-by store for a small present (an umbrella), and stopped at a booth near Nanputuo to get flowers (actually, the flowers are really for making offerings at the Buddhist temple, but I don’t see any reasons why they can’t be used to celebrate a birthday! It was funny, though, as we walked home – people know the flowers are offered by Buddhists at the temple, so they would glance at the flowers and then look at me, and then do a double-take. It seems I don’t strike them as Buddhist for some reason!).
This all seems little enough to do to celebrate the birth of an extraordinary woman – wife, mother, grandmother, counselor, artist, role model, friend.
Happy birthday to you, Mimi, and here's wishing for many, many more!