Today is my birthday. There have been many years Daughter did her best to ruin my birthday. When I picked her up yesterday, she was complaining about living in a group home and expressing her desire to die rather than continuing to live there. I wasn't very sympathetic. She managed to turn it around.
Today she was up before me, making scrambled eggs, bacon, and toast that she served me in bed. She gave me a pretty little cross necklace with breakfast so I could wear it today.
As I walked into my office before worship, I could hear the choir director explaining that today was my birthday. I walked into the choir room and glared. They were embarrassed, but it didn't stop their plot. They had the congregation sing happy birthday to me before worship.
After church Daughter waited (sort of) patiently as I talked to various
people. Then she took bought our lunches at our usual Sunday lunch
diner. We came home and watched a couple of movies one of the men
loaned her today.
It has been a good day. I'm realizing that I'm getting older, and my ministry is beginning to wind down. This fall will be the 30th anniversary of my ordination. I hope to work another 10 years before I retire. I have mixed feelings about retirement. I know Administrative Assistant will probably retire within the next 3 or 4 years. She is 6 years older than I am. I've tried to talk her into retiring at the same time, but I don't think that's working.
Lent is rapidly approaching, and so it's a busy time at the church. Good thing I love my job.