My brother and his wife, Auntie Elaine's nephew and his wife, and I had planned a wonderful dinner at the golf course for 18 of Auntie Elaine's dearest friends and family. Unfortunately, Auntie Elaine had not been well for several weeks and landed in hospital in the middle of August.
Over the summer, I had invited close to 100 friends and family to participate in making a Voice Quilt for Auntie Elaine's gift. It's a great concept where people call in to a birthday hotline, and leave their birthday greetings. Once the messages were finished, I downloaded them over the internet where they were put in a keepsake box so Auntie Elaine could listen to them over and over. We had calls from all over the world -- some friends told stories that brought laughter and tears, others recited special poems, while others sang various renditions of Happy Birthday! It is an amazing and unique way to include loved ones in a special celebration-- especially with so many people separated by miles.
|Left to right: My brother Russ, me, Auntie Elaine, her nephew Bob, and his wife, Pat.|
|Left to right: Russ, his wife Margaret, Auntie Elaine, Bob and Pat|