I had told her that I was going to take her to lunch at her favorite restaurant - Shorty's BBQ. What I didn't tell her was that several of her friends were going to join us.
I had secretly invited several of her friends and family to join us - some by facebook, some by email, and some by old fashioned snail mail.
Unfortunately, there was 14 inches of snow on her birthday so lunch had to be postponed. I had to let everyone know of the new date, and hope they would be able to come.
We went a few days later. When we walked into the restaurant and walked back toward our table, all of a sudden she saw several people she knew.
It was quite the surprise. Including mom, there were 13 people. Some cousins and a niece from her side of the family, some nieces from my dad's side, some friends, my sister and her daughters, and myself.
And, being snowed in was a great opportunity to scan through some of her old photos - to be posted at another time.
It was a great way to celebrate 9 decades of her life. Now what to do for her 100th???