Saturday, January 15, 2005

Groovy Grandpa's Birthday

For some reason, stuff always happens on or around January 16th, which is Groovy Grandpa's birthday.

1. In 1989, Smartmom and Hepcat announced their engagement at Groovy Grandpa's 60th birthday party at Gotham Restaurant.

2. The first Gulf War started in 1991 while Smartmom, Hepcat, Groovy Grandpa, MiMa Cat and Groovy Aunt were celebrating his birthday in a restaurant on Spring Street. They raced home to watch the war on television. It was very scary and strange.

3. In 1998, at the precocious age of ten months, OSFO took her first steps on Groovy Grandpa's and MiMa Cat's sissal rug during a birthday bash.

4. In 2002, Hepcat was told by his manager that he was being laid off from Cisco Systems. At the time, Smartmom said to herself: it will be so easy to remember the date/

5. That same day, Smartmom's best friend from college gave birth to a little boy named Eli.

On this day, really great things and some not so great things have happened. But this year the co-ocurrance is of the really great variety. As Groovy Grandpa celebrates his 76th birthday, something very special is going on. Groovy Aunt and Bro-in-law received their adoption referral. In other words: they were sent an e-mail from the adoption agency with a picture of a little girl baby in Perm, Russia who they can adopt.

And she is beautiful.

She was born on August 12th 2004 and has light, almost reddish brown hair and gray eyes, fair skin tone and full cheeks. She looks like an ice cream cone in the picture because she is tightly swaddled with only her head sticking out.

Her Russian name is Svetlana but OSFO calls her "ducky" because there are pictures of ducks on the baby's receiving blanket.

Everyone is already very attached to this little girl on the other side of the world who will soon be part of their family. Now they just have to wait. In the meantime, Groovy Grandpa will be feted with dinner, gifts, birthday cake, champagne and generally festive behavior.

And while they're at it, they'll all say a toast to the adorable little girl who will be coming home to Brooklyn soon.


At 10:23 AM, Blogger krenneke said...

Happy birthday.
I wonder what will be happening next year...


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