Sam began opening her gifts, and among the many alcohol-related presents (including some gorgeous hand-painted glasses) and jewelry and artwork was a weird game that has the sole object of shocking one or two of the players. I can't imagine why anyone would want to play it unless there was alcohol involved. At any rate, Sam's mom Judy and her friends and relatives (including the person who gave Sam the gift) tried out the game. Each person grabs a handle of the game--and then it suddenly shocks someone. When this actually happened, the women jumped up and screamed, sending the rest of us into hysterics. Apparently it was set on "high"!
Lovely Sam with some of her lovely gifts:
And with her cute friends:
Many of us had each brought photos of ourselves at 21 and a sheet of paper for Sam, on which we answered four questions: (1) What were we like at 21, (2) What had we learned since 21, (3) What did we admire about Sam, and (4) What advice did we have for her?
I was most struck by how expressive Sam's friends were about her--she is very blessed to have formed such close relationships with other young women. I thought they were very sweet!
Sam thanking her friends for what they said about her
Nadine, Mom, and I recalling life at 21 and memories of Sam
It was a very fun celebration, and I know that life has many amazing things in store for Sam!
The blessing of the labyrinth
This morning I caught a ride back home to Portland with my parents, just in time for the labyrinth blessing at our church. (The community recently built a beautiful labyrinth on our church grounds.)
A nun from Mt. Angel was there to talk briefly about labyrinths, and both Bishop David Brauer-Rieke (the Oregon ELCA bishop) and Bishop Ken Steiner (representing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese) offered blessings.
Then our band, Consorting with Papists, played while people ate lunch. I'm going to have to fire my photographer and find another one: he took photos of the labyrinth blessing, and after the blessing, but none of band performing. (Sorry honey--you're an amazing husband but a bit lacking in the photographer category--I remind him of when he traveled to Australia for his brother's wedding under strict directions to take lots of photos and video, and came back with hardly anything.)
These are the scintillating photos of after-the-blessing--Chris with his nose in a book:
And Kieran, friends Sam and Kate, and church dog Oliver, on the labyrinth:
Where is my shutterbug sister when I need her? I had to laugh last night when Nadine's husband, David, was asked to take a photo and he wasn't too sure about how the camera worked!
At any rate, it was a fun weekend, and tiring--but no time to rest. "Grease" opens on Thursday night, and the dress rehearsal is on Wednesday...and then it's Mother's Day. It's going to be a wild week!