However, when a friend mentioned that her family created a box of envelopes, each containing a memory from her mother's life, Beverly was sold. Over nearly two months, she came up with specific memories and corresponding envelopes that she filled with a narrative, photos, letters, and various memorabilia. Some of the memories include trips (Benin, Kenya, Hungary, Russia), likes (chocolate, scary movies), dislikes (beards, too long trousers), incidents (wrestling with gypsies, wild squirrels), people (grandchildren, her loving husband), etc.
Needless to say, the gift box was a great hit. We laughed and cried, relived, corrected some of the details, and most importantly added more memories. And isn't that what birthdays should be about.
Happy 90th, Mom.