I think my mom gave one request for her 60th birthday. “I don’t want to plan anything.”
I think, of course, she became deeply involved in the EVITE, the location, the guest list, the menu, and the actual date.
When it came down to finally making decisions I think the 5 “kids” just decided to take control and do it all ourselves.
I think we ended up having a Carmines catered dinner party at my rents apartment for 30ish friends and family.
During the party, I think my mom’s job was to enjoy herself and stay out of the kitchen while I think the “kids” controlled the flow of drinks, and food, and the party in general. We added humas and pitas and veggies and dips to the Carmines and of course, sprinkled some of my mom’s favorite things into the mix.
I think most of those things, surrounded desserts including wet walnuts and City Bakery hot chocolate.
I think, toward the end, the kids put on a skit and Miss Kathy gave a heartfelt speech.
I think this is what the kids said:
S my name is Sherry
A my name is Ariel, and I hold a Ph.D; You’re my favorite sitter, cause you don’t charge any fee.
B my name is Ben, and I’m the awkward middle boy; Because you asked so nicely, I will not marry a goy.
C my name’s Camp Modin, with memories you can’t erase; My biggest claim to fame, is as the Stolpiro birthplace.
D my name’s Daniella, and you know I’m not a bore; Though I’m always very busy, I will try to call you more.
E my name’s Elana, and I have two little girls; You used to want to hang with me, but now they’re your whole world.
F my name’s Atara F###man and I give Grandma joy; Every time we hug and kiss, she gives me a new toy.
G my name’s ginasta, Susan’s game she made you try; If you want that next discard, you must yell out “May I.”
H my name’s hot chocolate, City Bakery’s where I’m found; You best ask Sherry for a sip, before she has me downed.
I my name is ice cream, and with me you are no klutz; You know I’m best when topped, with your favorite wet walnuts.
J my name is jokes, and I arrive in your e-mails; Sherry prints me out, to remember the details.
K my name is keeping the books, and you kept me straight for years; Doron sold your job away, I’m sure that brings no tears.
L my name is Lilah F., and though I can’t yet speak; My mom would really love Grandma, to watch me for a week.
M my name is Marcy, and I’m the family hub; You love to eat with me, at the Crestmont Country Club.
N is my name is Nissin, and I cut Sherry’s hair; I come from Eastern Europe, but I don’t know exactly where.
O my name is old food, and Sherry likes to eat me; she always cuts away the mold, before her guests can see.
P my name is Passover, and for me you have a seder; You cook so much delicious food, we eat it now and later.
Q my name is Queen, cause Malcah is your middle name; Though you are not royalty, you should be treated just the same.
R my name is rescue squad, and Sherry saves lives in heaps; She always comes a runnin’, when she hears the walkie beeps.
S my name is Steiny, and I’m the son-in-law; I married your baby child, and I come from Baltimaw.
T I’m your TA Doron, and many girls I did amaze; You weren’t very good in class, but somehow you got all A’s.
U your name is Sherry, a dessert wine or a song; This poem is almost over, we know it has been quite long.
V my name is value, which Sherry can always find; Sherry’s favorite motto is, “leave no coupon behind”
W my name is walks, and Sherry takes me everywhere; Doron does it for exercise, Sherry to save cab fare.
X my name is Ixtapan, I started with Grandma; Massages, food and swimming, I’ve become the family spa.
Y my name is young, and I’m Sherry’s fun persona; I laugh, I play, I’m silly all day, I dance to my Sharona.
Z is Ze end of the poem, thanks for listening to this noise; We love you Sherry Steger, from favorite girls and boys.