22 July 2009

birthday surprises

I've had a few days off, mostly to celebrate my birthday. So I called Caroline and we met at the seaside. We've been friends since we were at school and no matter how long it is since we've seen each other, what triumphs, catastrophes, births deaths or marriages have taken place, whenever I see her freckled face all I can still see is the girl who used to hide a mirror in her geography atlas and pull faces at me sitting in the desk behind her.

We lazed on the beach, we paddled, we had tea and cake at our favourite cafe. Then we went off to the next seaside town and had ice cream at Macari's Ice Cream Parlour while we watched the people passing by - four unfeasibly low slung beagles and their minders, a crocodile line of English language students, holiday makers distinguished by their gaudy new tee -shirts stopping by for ices. We chatted and giggled and borrowed each other's specs so we didn't miss anything. And managed to eat a concoction of ice cream that would give you a heart attack if you read the ingredients out loud. Terry's Chocolate Orange and white chocolate for me; malibu, white chocolate and god knows what else for her. We promenaded through the spruced-up gardens and ended up on the slopes overlooking the sea watching the sun go down.


My boys were very understanding when I arrived home late. They left my cake in the fridge. And stacked up the birthday cards that had arrived while I'd truanted.


I reckon the biggest surprise though is how the fe*k I got to be this old without noticing it.

7 comments:

Milo said...

Happy birthday!

Ice cream sounded good!

60 Going On 16 said...

But you're still younger than me, Colleen! Glad to hear that you had the happiest of birthdays - there's nothing better or more comforting than to spend time with someone who has known you for ever.

love those cupcakes said...

Happy birthday to you. Sounds like you had the best day.

kristina said...

Happy birthday! Sounds like the perfect celebration!

K x

Anna said...

Belated Happy Birthday wishes! Sounds like a great day.

Weeping Sore said...

What a great birthday - doing what you like with somebody you like. Hope the rest of your year is likewise enjoyable.

purejuice said...

many happy returns of the day!