I turned 100 years old on March 24, and I would like to thank all of my neighbors on the 500 and 600 blocks of Belleforte for all of their kind and thoughtful gestures they showed in celebrating my milestone year.
They decorated every tree on two blocks with pink and orange bows; the children and adults decorated plastic plates as birthday cards and attached them to the trees; some neighbors had signs in their windows and a tremendous orange banner was strung high across the street, wishing me a Happy Birthday.
There was one sign that stated, "Honk. She's 100." We had horns going for two days.
All of this preparation led up to an open house given by three of my neighbors with appetizers, drinks, and visitations by neighbors coming in and out all day. I received a beautiful hand-embroidered pillow announcing my birthday, in addition to a metal flower sculpture for my garden. I will think of all of them every time the wind flows through the petals. The children all came and sang to me as they presented me with tulips, roses, and smiles. One little girl put her finger in my wrinkled face and asked me, "What are these?" I told her, "Laugh lines and memories, lots of memories."
I have seen many neighbors come and go, get married, attended funerals, and welcomed new additions from babies to puppies, but I have never been treated so royally in all of my years as on this day.
Thank you, my Belleforte darlings. How blessed I am for 60 years of Belleforte neighbors.
Longtime Oak Parker
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