August 4th was Ceilidh’s 15th birthday and we had a small party. Ceilidh has always loved to sing and will belt it out at the least provocation. As you can see in this photo, Freckle didn’t grow up with a tradition of birthday song and was noticeably uncomfortable with her lack of familiarity with the words.
After Ceilidh blew out the birthday candle [a custom that Freckle found quite unhygienic but Ceilidh insisted], we asked her if she’d like to say few words. Pulling the cake closer to her side of the table, she said, “Yeah … I do have a couple of favourite quotes about life. My favourite philosopher, Anonymous, said ‘Life is a jigsaw puzzle with most of the pieces missing.'”
With that, Ceilidh sat back on her bum the way Pugs do and started to gnaw on the edge of her birthday muffin. Freckle and Mary Doug and I looked at each other. I said, “Was there another one? You said you had a couple of favourite quotes.”
“Um … sure. Lily Tomlin says, ‘We’re all in this together–by ourselves.'” Smack smack smack went the muffin. Then Ceilidh sighed a long, noisy sigh … the way Pugs do. She said, “But mostly I think that Bette Davis hit the nail on the head when she said ‘Old age is no place for sissies!'” Freckle just stared at her as Ceilidh picked up the remaining piece of her birthday muffin and winked at us.