|Yes, it is in a classroom....but that is another story.|
Janet's 85th celebration was planned by her nephew and niece, Danny and Claudia. (Geoff's siblings) All of the cousins took part to make it a perfect day. People traveled from all parts of the country: Oregon, Washington, D.C., Florida, Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Alabama. Most of the nieces and nephews arrived Friday night. Ray and I arrived Saturday morning. We met my sister at her hotel. Linda and I then went to Katie Keckley's to pick up the cake, cookies and cupcakes. We wanted to get these treats to Janet's before people began arriving for the birthday open house celebration which was to begin at 2:00.
When we arrived at Janet's people were already there. There was a table in the living room packed with hor d'oeuvres. Walking through the den/office area I noticed the desk covered with birthday cards. Janet saw us and waved us over to meet some of our shirttail cousins. Some I knew, some I knew only from recognizing their names. All were friendly and welcoming...or maybe it was because I was carrying a Brutus Buckeye cake. Danny cleared off a place on the food table for Brutus and the rest of the treats. This table, also, was overflowing with food.
The first thing Janet showed me was the iPad that everyone had gotten her. She was thrilled and could not wait to learn all about it. Every time someone new arrived, (which was often and all day) Janet would introduce everyone. Sitting back I could see that she had touched many people in her 85 years. There was lots of laughing and story telling. I wish I had recorded it all, but it was fun just living the moment.
|Janet with Nieces and Nephews and Ari, Danny's Dog.|
I have made a slide show of some of the pictures. I figured that is the best way to get a lot of pictures on this post.
As we were leaving, one of Janet's friends, Daphne, was reading a poem she had written for her. I am so glad that she sent it to me so that I can include it here. Read it and learn some more about Janet!
|Daphne Reading Her Poem to Janet|
Loving the Scarlet and Gray, an Ohio State fan she would become
Ray and I left before the cousins. I talked to my sister the next day and learned that we missed more laughs and fun. One thing that must be a family tradition at such gatherings is where Chris Dorval does his levitation trick. Linda said that many cousins were levitated...and even Janet joined in. Wow... I wish I had some pictures of that. Maybe someone there took a picture and can send it to me so that I can include it in this post.