We’re already knee-deep into planning my mother’s 100th and my 70th, trying to coordinate family and friends – where to go, when to go, who to include, who to skip…
It’s no easy feat coordinating so many people, all of whom have lives, schedules, jobs, families. The biggest question for my mother’s 100th is WHEN – do we wait until Thanksgiving again, or try and plan something over the summer. Or celebrate twice? So far, in group emails, we’ve run up against more weekends in the summer that DON’T work – one side of the family is heading to Australia for two weeks in June. Another is heading to North Carolina for an in-law side family reunion. There’s camp for the middle-aged ones.
Mom doesn’t want to fly so we’re thinking of renting a big house on the Delaware, Maryland, or New Jersey shore. Counter-intuitive you say, considering we own enough houses on the RI shore to house the whole gang, but that would mean going down to Delaware to pick up mom and bringing her UP to RI. This way, if we do a Delaware or NJ shore, we all go down that direction, gather mom easily, and celebrate.
Cape May could be fun. Or the old Delaware haunt of Rehoboth or Dewey Beach. But so many gorgeous spots on the Maryland shore too. We’re scouring VRBO for houses with 10+ bedrooms and one with a master bedroom and bath on the first floor so mom doesn’t have to scale lots of stairs. Surprisingly, lots of choices. But maybe the better idea is to ask a realtor, rather than going through VRBO??
We think a house would be more fun than a big resort – more time to be together and we have enough people who can cook to share the duties.
My 70th, I think we’ll do something similar – rent a big old house and party til we drop. If we celebrate my birthday when it really is, in mid-April, we should be able to easily rent a big old house on Lake George or someplace near enough to everyone coming from hither and yon. There’s family in Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, and Boston to consider – and of course, the NY contingent is close enough around not to consider them out-of-town. Easter is oddly early this year, April 1. So do I drag people away over Easter weekend when the kids would be out of school anyway, or ask them to give up a day of work and school when my birthday actually drops?
I need a Social Director to help with all the planning. That’s where you all come in. Any thoughts of where to throw the dart for mom’s 100th and my 70th?