Grateful

Feeling grateful that so many of the people we love (a hundred and fifty, counting about thirty kids!) were able to make it out last night. Friends from childhood, from high school, college, grad school, Connecticut, Hyde Park, Salt Lake City, Bay Area, and of course Chicago and Oak Park, and tons of family too.

Someone said that she wasn’t sure she could have gathered a hundred and fifty people together for this kind of thing — the thing is, there are so very many people we really like, and I, for one, am very resistant to letting anyone go. I tend to accumulate. 🙂 I just wish we could’ve invited everyone we would’ve liked to — there are only so many people we could afford to feed a fancy dinner to. Otherwise, we might have aimed for at least a few hundred more….

And even so, there were a few close friends and family who couldn’t make it. It’s always hard — life is so busy and there are crises and illnesses and scheduling complexities. There’s no way everyone would have been able to get here. So I’m raising a glass to absent friends this morning, hoping we can find a way to spend time together again soon.

Milestone anniversaries have a way of making you consider the scope of your life — what’s past, what’s to come. So I’m also thinking of a few who have gone much too soon — Jay, Aparna. Missing you. Sending you love.

Cows

In all the party hubbub, let us not overlook what an excellent job Anand did as a cow in The Little Red Hen. He said he was quite nervous, but unlike last year, he managed to look confident and calm, and sang & acted his part with enthusiasm. Props also to the first grade teachers for organizing this, as the costumes and production were adorable to the max!

Acca!

“Kavi Acca, come here! Kavi Acca, read book! Kavi Acca, Kavi Acca, Kavi Acca…”
 
I am dying of the cute. Right now, they’re actually both demanding her attention, and one wants to be inside and one wants to be outside and they both want Kavi Acca to read them books, and she knows she’s supposed to keep an eye on the outside one, and she’s totally confused about what she’s going to do. Sharmi has told Kavi that she can make an executive decision as the Acca to either be inside or outside, but Kavi says that she’s tried that, but they won’t listen to her…

Blast from the past

Oh, it is a little surreal seeing old friends again after long absences. I’m glad people are staggering their arrivals somewhat, so I have time to actually talk to them. Tonight, Kira Berman arrived — only briefly, as she’s going on to a conference for a few days, and then coming back for the party. But we got the chance to catch up a little bit at least. It turns out that you can download quite a lot of your life in half an hour.

Sweet!

Okay, I think I’ve finalized the dessert table list. Although I reserve the right to drop a few of these if I start feeling lazy / harried. And I’m planning to draft Karina, Sharms, and Kat into icing sugar cookies with me on Thursday, because that is fussy and time-consuming.

Sri Lankan cashew milk toffee
Sri Lankan love cake with cashew, crystallized pumpkin, citrus and rose
Dark chocolate cake with chili-chocolate buttercream
Lemon layer cake with lemon curd and mascarpone
Pink champagne cake
Key lime cheesecake
Iced sugar cookies
Ginger shortbread hearts
Berried angelfood cake with whipped cream
Chocolate and vanilla cupcake tower (store-bought)