Astonished she was!
Drinking in the scene
With mouth wide open -
Her eyes echoed surprise…
That met her at the door.
Sisters hoot with delight
At their clever concealment.
Festooned in aloha spirit
They lasso her with fragrant
And riotous colored leis.
She can’t quite believe it!
Yet here we are in her island kitchen
Sipping lime mojitos and going on
As if it’s a daily occurence.
Delivered with valid affection.
For the friendships developed
Daughter, husband, sisters, brother –
La familia rose to the challenge.
Girlfriends, cryptic in their plans
to divert her attention
away from the veiled truth.
A delectable feast awaits us
On the blossom-strewn lanai.
Memorabilia enhanced décor
Augments our sense of wonder
As we appreciate the efforts
To disclose their capacity of love to
sister, mother, bride and friend –
Dewey eyes, expansive smiles
Speak volumes of affection for our girl,
Now (a youthful) 70.
Pay no mind to the number
A condition fraught upon us by desperate persons
Eager to explain aching joints and graying of hair.
It’s all in the mind (and soul), I say.
And why would we want to return
To times when we sought an identity,
Adapting life’s lessons along the way?
We laugh at past follies
And cringe at some choices
But in the end…we are all here
Exultant to no end!
We celebrate the blessed abundance
of Joann’s exceptional ‘curriculum vitae’.