A couple days after my dad’s birthday, there was another birthday to celebrate. My grandmother was turning the big 8-0, and we knew as a family that we needed to do something more than just a cake and a big happy birthday. We had started planning months before the big day; we had people involved, we had a location secured, and we had a food plan. What we hadn’t planned on was my uncle losing the lower half of his left leg in a motorcycle accident on June 10.
It was around 9 PM, and my uncle decided to ride into town on his motorcycle, just two or three miles down the road. My dad said that if he could have foreseen what would happen, he would have driven to his house and slashed his tires. On his way back, my uncle’s motorcycle was clipped by a woman in an SUV who apparently didn’t see him (how do you not see an on-coming headlight?!). I won’t get graphic with the rest of the details, but his lower left leg was severed on scene and everyone considered it a miracle he’s still with us. After numerous surgeries and a month and a half in the hospital, he was finally able to go home at the beginning of August. His struggle is anything but over, but going home is at least one little start.
Needless to say, this whole situation put a damper on our family, and as a secondary thought, the party planning. It certainly took an emotional toll on everyone, so instead of pushing everything along and acting like we’re all in the mood for a large room of people, we decided to have a smaller party, one that would involve my uncle in his new rehab hospital he was in at that point.
So what is a girl to wear to a surprise party at a hospital? I thought something festive but casual. Something like this:The tank top is from Gap Outlet for $5 (on sale at the time), and the skirt was from Goodwill for $4.99. The hair flower was something I had already made for our wedding rehearsal dinner back in 2010. The colors would work well with the party attitude, and the skirt made it a little more formal. I paired it with navy blue flip flops to round out the casual vibe. The party was pretty successful. Tons of Chinese food and cake were eaten, presents were opened, and my grandmother was surprised. Was it the party we wanted to give her? No. Definitely not when compared to what we originally had planned. But sometimes life needs to be edited in order to celebrate what you have. Sometimes you just never know. So we celebrated a big birthday and celebrated being a family.