Yes today is my uh umm err 52nd birthday.. SShhhh!!
Don’t tell anyone, cos most folks think I am only 40’sh. Although a very much younger workmate thinks i am 27..and thats old….according to him.. he he he love the boy for that thought.
Anyway i started my day catching up on the blogs I follow. Just seeing whats happening in the Northern hemisphere.
It began as a mild day of 21C slowly building to a slightly muggy 29C.
So after much indecision, on my part for a change, I decided to go to a restaurant / cafe near where my sister lives called OAKDENE. It is set in a vineyard -so lotsa of their yummy wines, with eclectic art works/ sculputures scattered around the main buildings and paddock. It has a informal cafe called MR GRUBB ( named after the road it is situated on and a VERY Formal restaurant. ( save that for someone special).
I ate a yummy crab, fennel and pea gnocchi in a light cream sauce. Sis ate what looked like 3 very yummy tacos on a flat tortilla and was not covered in cheeese. Whilst my niece had a well sized ( not too big not too small) porterhouse steak and beer battered chips. The beer was a pale ale from the nearby Flying Brick Cider Brewery joint.
Instead of birthday cake I had churros with vanilla icecream , made on premises and damn yeah they were deliciousshhhh.
So 3 hours later went left. I took myself dress shopping for my nephews upcoming engagement party. Yes i have actually re discovered the joys of shopping; although still got in and out pretty quick.
Got bk home quick change and took myself to dinner in nearby Williamstown. It is a trendyish suburb by the bay in Melbourne. Spent ages reading all types of menus before deciding on Vietnamese.
Got a window table and started watching people on this fine warm night. I love to watch people walking by or eating, am always asking what other tables are eating. It is fun. But I did begin to reflect upon birthdays past. Again I ended up spending a good portion of today on my own.
This time I did not feel so sad or is it just a fact i have got used to it??
Like Many i often wonder if the ‘party all day thing, lots of pressies, etc’is a marketing fantasy and most of us have – shall we say- an ordinary day?
Anyway back to the people walking past , suddenly my gut did a huge flip flop. No way could my day really be getting better? There across the road in the park near a huge Moreton Bay fig stood a very familiar man. I actually put my glasses back on and looked again. Oops where did he go? My intuition really kicked in. There he was pulling a phone out of his pocket and pushing buttons or what ever the right terminology is here. Who was he calling???Meanwhile i heard my phone ringing faintly in my handbag.
Scrambling for it. I saw missed call “Private number”no message.. damn who was that? my mind wanted to believe my gut but I really did not allow it. Suddenly the phone rang again. This time i got to answer it, whilst watching the man across the street.
“hello beautiful happy birthday”came down the line and i nearly burst into tears. My boy lightning was calling. Only i said ‘Damn you look ok considering what you been up to..” the man across the street looked around surprised..” Are you near?”came the query “Yes in the Vietnamese cafe”… He turned and looked fully at me and that big sexy smile broke across his face. Damn I was so glad to see he was still alive and well safe ( hopefully). he came and helped me finish my rice paper rolls and bowl of beef Pho.. the quickest and deepest meaningful chat happened before his phone rang again.
A normal police car rolled past slowly and with a quick kiss he joined that vivacious woman in the bright red dress and her paunchy partner, wearing t shirt and jeans sitting on a table on the footpath nearby.
They were working. So I really did have a brilliant birthday after all. The one man who gives me the BEST Chills down the spine and every where else was there; even if it was 30 minutes. And yes he was nicknamed Lightning because the first time we met there was a bolt of lightning between us and his workmates saw it, felt it and laughed about it ever since.