Norm asked me, “What do you want for your birthday? Do you want a Kindle? Do you want me to surprise you?” (He always asks three or four questions before I get a chance to answer the first one.)
It’s difficult to ask for people for your birthday. “A fire pit,” I answered to his first question.
“Really? That’s all? Where do you want me to build it? Close to the water or close to the house?”
“Yes, that’s all.” But it’s so much more than a fire pit. I didn’t answer his third question right away.
It all started when Norm took one of our fifty-five gallon drums to a welder and had him cut it in half. Norm then took the open half of the drum, set it into the grass a few inches and layered river rocks at the bottom of it. His final touch was to surround the exposed portion of the drum with curved rocks he had purchased at a local hardware store.
You see, Gentle Readers, this was not just any old ordinary birthday. This was my fiftieth, and that half century comes with a certain freedom – the freedom to know what I really, truly want at this point in my life.
Norm gifted me with a place to gather with the people I love. That’s the other freedom that comes with a half century of life – the ability to enjoy what matters in life and not to bother with things that don’t.
My fire pit accomplished what I hoped it would: it brought people together. This time the occasion was my birthday. Next time I hope it will be for no reason at all.
Heidi and I knitted. Jillian baked and decorated my Holly Hobbie cake with Heidi’s children. Justin and Norm tended to the fires both inside the house and out.
We dined; we sang; we roasted dogs and mallows, shot fireworks till kingdom come.
It was my best birthday yet.
It isn’t too much to ask for fifty more just like it, is it?
One more thing, Gentle Readers: Don’t take the tree down yet; it’s only the eighth day of Christmas!
May all of you have a very healthy, happy, prosperous 2014. ~Stacy
A belated Happy Birthday to you, Stacy, and many blessings for 2014. I hope it brings you and your family health, peace and happiness. What a fantastic idea, a firepit!
Let’s hear it for a fabulous 2014, Christine. I’m so ready for it! ❤
Happy Birthday, Stacy! What a great gift – the gift that keeps on giving! Congratulations on the big 5-0! A milestone! I have passed that milestone and am working towards the next one, but I have to say, I am enjoying this time of my life more than any other. A Happy New Year, too, to you and your loved ones. I hope this is a very good year for all of you. Hugs xo Karen
I wish you the same, Karen! ❤
Happy belated Birthday to you!
That was a very special day and for enjoying that with friends and family around the fire is food for the soul! That carries us to easily become centenarians. Love the fire pit that your handy man Norm built you! Such projects give so much more satisfaction than anything store bought.
Hugs to you and a happy and healthy 2014 to you and your loved ones.
I agree, Mariette – there is so much satisfaction in the process of creation. Happy new year to you! ❤
El Guapo said:
And here’s to enjoying company around your firepit for no reason at all.
(Which is the best possible reason, ever.)
As always, we agree, Guap. ❤
Happy birthday to you Stacy!!! When was your birthday, did it fall during Christmas or before? I’m probably being nosy asking that question, but I wondered, as what with all of the Christmas festivities, it’s so good to see that you took time out for a proper birthday celebration. I love your wood fire so much (you’ll be able to roast chestnuts now like Kathy did!) I have recently asked for a wood fire pizza oven to be built in our back yard, for exactly the same reason you asked for your gift…such garden additions bring family together. Sending you a huge happy birthday hug across the internet waves! Fifty more years is not too much to ask for, I have requested the same. ❤
My birthday falls during the holidays, but my family always gives me a “proper” celebration. Thank you so much for you comments and visits – I hope to visit often this year! ❤