It was the best cool temperature, sunny and exhilarating Saturday
ever! It began with an early walk down through the busy farmer’s
market. My youngest daughter was running through her speech
for her health coaching session later. We were on our way to a
delicious cup of Choffey’s coffee.
As we passed some strawberries and raspberries in their little
baskets, we slowed and paid for a pint of each. We put them in
my daughter’s mesh Delaware Community Market bag and
continued on. I slowed at the maple frosted cinnamon buns that
Hamburger Inn specializaes in. With a grim look at me, she “let”
me stop and purchase one. We made it to our coffee destination
and I had a shot of caramel added to my iced house coffee. My
daughter chose the “coffee of the day” which was blueberry coffee.
We then left, leaving a donation in the Relay for Life bucket on the
counter and a tip for the young barrister.
When we went past Veritas Restaurant, there were nice herbs and
flowers in big pots and planters outside their doors. Veritas specializes
in little ‘tapas’ (small plates) of snack foods. “Little bites”: is what we
call them, and you might like the flavor but go home hungry if you like
loaded plates. Quality vs. quantity is the choice to make.
Across the street, the Strand Theatre has the “Hangover 3” and “Now You
See It” movies. The latter has been recommended by several friends who
viewed the magicians who rob banks that include several major actors.
We looked at the times for the Sunday showings.
Finally, we quickened our pace and crossed a few roads until we got to the
bridge that separates the “East” side and “West” side of Delaware. We
arrived at the Eagles’ building where EZ Fit has their exercise classes and the
ongoing Pilates class was coming to a close. The teacher, Cheryl Felton, was
having the women breathe deeply and relax.
The unwinding, breathing exercises lead to the Health and Wellness class
that is held once a month by my daughter.
The class focused on summer, exercise, bee pollen, and an essential nutrient,
iodine. She had a great presentation with an open discussion where we talked
about seasonal subjects. I brought up my ear cancer to remind the class to put
sunscreen on their own ears, others’ tender places and especially slathering it
on little ones.
If possible, little sunhats, adult mesh or straw hats with broad brims would
also add extra protection. She closed by passing out handouts with several
facts on the nutritional parts of our discussion, including some delicious
sounding smoothies’ recipes.
After the group coaching session, we walk briskly home. My youngest daughter
is off to Dayton to spend time with a good friend there. I needed to change my
clothes and wrap my gifts for the filipino baby shower held for Felda. She
is the friend who I mentioned having a miscarriage but now is expecting a
second child in July. Her daughter, Kridia Dawn, had asked me recently to
make an updated pen and ink with watercolor paint name picture, “with lots
of fairies, Robin!”
I also had completed the expected baby, Zachary’s baby name picture. Both
pictures were placed in matted frames, then wrapped.
The cell phone let me know that Peggy and Anna were waiting outside and
we drove in my car to the closest fire department township center where they
have a common room that can be “rented” for occasions. We all had brought
our gifts along with a potluck dish.
The magnificent spread was already beginning to cover three long tables with
filipino treats such as chicken strips in a meat sauce with green pea pods,
thin fried egg rolls, sweet and sour sauce, a pineapple, mango and chicken
mixture that is poured over the white rice. The tantalizing smells were wafting
out the door and hung in the air along with the scent of beautiful, fresh flowers
in vases on the tables. Each place setting had a little silk bag filled with
wrapped chocolate candies, including Hershey’s kisses in blue foil.
There was a very detailed baby cake, a flan type of dessert, an apple dumpling
baked dish, what sometimes people call “ambrosia” and another similar
whipped dessert with pistachio pudding and fruit. We set our potato salad,
beverages, and chocolate cream cheese roll, that we had brought, down.
The games, the laughter, the children running around, playing their little
games all made for exuberant chaos! Children had the choice to play penny
toss, ring toss or ball throwing and rolling. This created a happy, warm
and busy atmosphere that is very common for such occasions when more
than 60% of the guests are filipinos. We heard that Felda’s husband had
another gathering at their home with the husbands and other male guests.
Jason had made a “vodka slushy” pitcher and had half of the dishes that
were displayed on the tables for them to indulge in along with some video
Everyone wore very fancy clothes, which I had expected. Felda has included
me in at least 2-3 parties a year since we met 5 years ago. I had mentioned
to Anna and Peggy this, so they also wore dressier clothes than we would
normally wear to a casual gathering such as a baby shower. My colorful
flowered skirt had coral, light green and turquoise colors and I wore a
peach embroidered camisole with a cream lightweight sweater over it.
My jewelry emphasized the turquoise in a necklace and earrings.
Upon entering, we all got hugged and Felda also kissed my cheek. We
were equally warmly met by the ones we did not know and the ones that
I had met over the years.
Felda and Peggy were among several gutsy women who belted tunes into
the microphone of the karaoke machine! I do not feel comfortable in
a totally sober setting, such as this, singing. But I have been known to
join the same coworkers in duets or trios after imbiding in a wine cooler
or glass of wine!
I cannot express how much this fantastic two hours of celebrating the
upcoming birth of Zachary lifted my heart up! My family gatherings are
usually very happy and easygoing, but somehow this shower was ever so
meaningful to me. Always nice to have such a feeling with friends from
a different culture who make you feel just as good or BETTER than family!