|The Balloon Corsage - Wow!|
On my 60th birthday, the folks at work had ambushed me by having a Dolly Parton impersonator (a couple of her features did, in fact, remind one of Dolly Parton.) enter a conference room in which I was holding a meeting with my customer at the time. This robust lady proceeded to take up residence on my lap and serenade me with "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" while my co-workers streamed into the room. One gent even video recorded my embarrassment so they could extend their appreciation of my birthday. I decided that this year, I'd simply take the day off. There'd be no way my colleagues could pull another caper like that.
The first surprise occurred on the day before my birthday. When I showed up for work, I found my office bedecked with streamers celebrating the aging process. The floor was covered with little confetti cutouts of the number 75. There were cards on my desk. The Mary Ann elves had been at work. Later in the morning a bouquet of balloons was delivered. More laughs. Then, I heard my co-workers gathering in the conference room and was summoned to hear the almost-all-male-IT Department-choir sing it's rendition of Happy Birthday. We all enjoyed the cake that Mary Ann had arranged. So much for secrecy...
|Mary Ann's Gift Trove|
|Part of the feast in preparation by|
Master Chef Noe Morin
The following week I was going to be working in Corpus Christi, Texas. Unbeknownst to me, the Corpus crew was planning even more festivities. I flew in earlier than planned because of threatening weather in Huntsville. I went to work on Monday unaware of the celebratory plans being worked in the background. At lunchtime, I was summoned to the conference room where a feast had been prepared. The Corpus Christi crew knows that I love Mexican cuisine. There was a spread of home cooked food fit for a three-quarters-of-a-centegenarian! Home cooked fajitas, stuffed jalapenos, salads, guacamole, casseroles, and spectacular desserts, were all laid out in a beautiful presentation!
To everyone involved -- Thank you sincerely!