And here I am again, adding another brilliant memory to the list; a birthday in Ireland! How many of my family and friends can say they’ve done that!
Mum Jillian invited Lacy and I over for dinner one last time before we made our surprise trips home for the holidays. It’s always so lovely being able to go over to her house because it really has that homelike feel. Alan (her husband) picked us up from our dorm at 5. Jillian had made a delicious lasagna with garlic bread that put me in a food coma. It was sooo rich and yummy. She even deep fried some chips (fries) to go with dinner as well and they were the best I’ve had while being here. After eating dinner with the family, we all sat at the table for a good amount of time just talking and laughing. It was so refreshing and much needed in helping take our minds off of stressing about the finals we have at the end of the week. Out of no where, Jillian walks to the table with a cake lit up with candles and everyone starts singing happy birthday! It was such a wonderful surprise and made me so happy. We had tea with the delicious chocolate biscuit cake and I really don’t think my stomach has ever been so full. It was a grand time. We then moved to the living room and sat around laughing and joking some more. I looked to check the time and I promise you it had been what felt like the fastest 5 hours I’d felt in my life. Time really does fly when you are worryfree. I loved tonight so much and I am so thankful and appreciative for Jillian and her family’s hospitality. I will never forget it. 23 will always be a one of a kind birthday.