Our mailbox was filling up with cards from well-wishers. E-mail wishes were coming fast. My Facebook family and friends were at their creative best, and the phone calls were so meaningful; it was B. J.’s birthday!
In celebration of B. J.’s special event, our long-time friend, from Baxley, Laurie Jo Upchurch and her daughter Triniti were coming to the island to join us. The lovely and talented Laurie Jo is a familiar sight on St. Simons for various festivities but this time she would be coming just to visit and have fun with us on B. J.’s big day. “I want us to eat out on B. J.’s birthday,” she told us excitedly on the phone.
Around mid-afternoon on the eve of B. J.’s birthday, Laurie Jo and Triniti pulled into our driveway. We happily greeted each other and invited our guests in for some delightful camaraderie. We were sad that Laurie’s hubby Kenny was not able to join us for the merriment. Maybe he can come for my birthday in September.
We chatted happily for a spell and decided that we had the time to take a spin around the island on Big Red before dinner. Laurie and Triniti love Big Red.
Big Red whinnied gleefully as I removed his toupee. He knew something big was up. We mounted the feisty steed and I bridled him out of his “stall” and toward Hampton Point on the fashionable north end of St. Simons.
With hair streaming in the wind, happy smiles, gleeful conversation and Big Red’s mane dazzling, we made an enjoyable grand tour of Hampton Point all the way to the marina.
Laurie Jo, a committed Christian wanted to visit historic Christ Church; it had been a long time since she had been there. Therefore, we stopped by. It was closing time but our friend Paul, a member of Christ Church, made an exception and asked Billy the guide to give us the all-inclusive lecture tour of the premises.
Laurie, a singer, couldn’t pass up the opportunity. “May I sing?”
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