Last Saturday, October 10th, we drove up to north Jersey for a surprise birthday party. Nums has a high school friend named Barbara, and her mother Marianna (also known as “Bapcia”) was turning 75 years old. I met Bapcia 15 years ago when Nums and I started dating. A wonderful, strong woman who raised three daughters. The party was held at Il Villaggio, a very nice banquet hall on Rt 17 in Carlstadt. We left late and didn’t think we would make it time before the guest of honor showed up — it would be better to wait it out than ruin the surprise. Luckily, the time dilation device that I keep in my car to bail me out when I need to get somewhere was working as usual. We got there in time, and before Bapcia arrived.
It was a very nice set up with lots of food, dancing, and Bapcia’s large extended family. I think the party broke up around 10 pm, and we got home before midnight.