Posted in Family, Feeling Great, Food, Humour, middle aged, Midlife, Rants and Raves, Women, tagged birthday, camera, celebration, children, families, Family, friends, friendship, girls night out, just midlife, ladies, Midlife, photograph, Prezzo, restaurant, treat, Women on February 20, 2010 |
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This week saw yet another birthday come and go; in fact two birthdays.
The events warranted a girls’ night out of course. It’s become something of a tradition over the years. When one of us has a birthday, the birthday girl gets to choose the activity or restaurant for the evening, and everyone else pays for the treat. So on Wednesday evening seven of us gathered at our local Prezzo restaurant for a few hours of silliness and stuffing our faces.
The age of these lovely midlife women ranges from 46 to 57, and we’ve known one another for more than 20 years. Initially the link between us was our children; they all went to the same kindergarten and small village primary school. Over the years, we’ve become firm friends, and spent time together doing some amazing things. Not too many years ago our entire families used to get together for parties at Christmas and New Year; we’d have barbecues and day trips in the summer.
Most of us have grown up children now, and jobs and businesses to attend to. Some of us have grandchildren. There are a couple of friends who no longer join us, and there’s a couple we’ve gathered along the way. Our lives have changed in ways that none of us could have foreseen 20 years ago; we’re also a diverse group of characters, but come what may, the bond between us has grown stronger and stronger. These wonderful ladies are quite simply “family” to me.
The thing that prompts me to write this post is the photograph that was taken this week. It occurred to me that there has never been a time when we’ve managed to capture on camera the entire group of us. Either someone can’t make it to a get together or one of us is actually steering the camera. This time we grabbed a passing waitress and asked her to take the shot. It’s not a particularly good quality image, but we are all on there.
My wonderful midlife friends
So thank you to my wonderful midlife friends for a lovely evening on Wednesday; thank you for the flowers and gifts. And paying for me to stuff my face. Go grab a glass of something, and join me in making a toast – to friendship. And long may we all be happy, healthy and here to celebrate many more birthdays.
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Posted in Family, Food, Humour, Midlife, Rants and Raves, tagged birthday, budget, celebrate, daughters, eating-out, expectations, Family, legend, Midlife, recession, restaurant on February 17, 2010 |
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Fred has always been a legend in my eyes; his restaurant is legendary too in our area.
We’ve been eating there for more than 30 years on and off. And last night’s visit was a bit special for us, because we took our two daughters along with us for the first time to celebrate my birthday. I know, I know, I’m also not sure why they’ve never been with us before to this amazing restaurant; they’ve been almost everywhere else we’ve ever frequented.
The same staff have served us all these years; Fred is obviously a very nice guy to work for. Decor is attractive; food is excellent. Well, usually. But not last night. Out of the four meals we ordered, three were deemed to be less than great. What a disappointment. Gutted. Girls are now wondering why we kept harping on about Fred’s for all those years.
Well, we’ll not be harping on about it any more. We do eat out quite often; we like good food. It occurs to me this morning, however, that maybe our midlife expectations are set a little too high, bearing in mind that we are in the middle of a recession. Perhaps restaurants are having to cut corners a little or a lot just to survive.
On the other hand though, surely a recession is precisely the time to go the extra mile, and satisfy customers’ expectations. And more besides. I’m sure we are no different from most other families in that we expect value for our hard-earned money, and only the best will do. It’s not as if a birthday meal can be repeated the following night, now can it?
Did you voice your opinion, I hear you ask. No, we did not. Normally we would have, but Fred himself was absent. He’s gone overseas to visit family. We will, however, make an effort to chat to him once he’s back from his travels. And will we give Fred the opportunity of having another bite of our eating out budget? Probably, but not for a while. Will I lower my midlife expectations? I don’t think so. Unfortunately for Fred, we live in a world where nothing is indispensable – and there are plenty more restaurants where Fred’s came from.
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