89th Birthday celebration


LOVE keeps us ONE family, a metaphor for the church

TMennonite published the opinion of John M. Miller in which he questioned the basis for our church unity.  Miller is a retired minister whose credentials are held by the Lancaster Mennonite Conference. His opinion encourages this old man. Click on the link to his opinion.  It is my gift to you.

IMG_1229-002The celebration of my 89th birthday began in the Friday afternoon game group.  Days ago “My Joy” asked me to name  my favorite cake. “Fruit cake,” I said.  So she made a delicious cake laced with white raisins, nuts, carrot and pineapple bits for me to share with the game group.  Others brought plastic plates, cloth napkns, water cups, and cutlery. After eating cake we played “skippo” and “down the river and up the river”.

Oyster-StewThe center piece of the Saturday evening meal was the oyster stew that I had requested. (They asked me what I hungered for.)  No one in the family had made oyster stew before, so they googled for  a recipe.  The result was a delicious stew made by my grandson.  He explained to me that “cooking is an art,” and I believe him.


An owl from Zack

Sunday dinner was to be a gala affair with seventeen at the table. Friday evening  I went with My Joy for her to order a cake with “Happy 89th Birthday” written on it.  But plans went awry when both Rachel and Eldon came down with a viral infection. Guests were informed of the possibility of infection in our house, the party was cancelled, and the “cake” was put in the freezer.

Zack and Diana

Zack and Diana

Conrad’s children were leaving for Florida on Sunday evening, so I suggested we enjoy Sunday noon with them at Olive Gardens.  (Rhoda always wanted special events to be at Olive Gardens.) So, remembering her, nine of us went to Elkhart to do more birthday celebrating.  (My Joy and I first went to College Church and enjoyed an easily understood sermon on “Compassion” by Pastor Phil, then we skipped Sunday School to go to Elkhart.)

My Joy and I arrived first and the Olive Garden’s staff  prepared a table for nine. The others soon arrived and we had an unhurried meal.  The restaurant provided me with a piece of cake of my choice, and the assistant director came to make sure we were all satisfied and happy.  What more could a man want? O yes, we won’t forget the cake in the freezer.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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7 Responses to 89th Birthday celebration

  1. SaraAlice Zimmerly says:

    nice barn owl.

  2. SaraAlice Zimmerly says:

    That oyster stew looks about right too. I put some small chunks of potato and celery in mine. It seem to make it last a little longer and go farther. It also takes on the advice a little Jewish shop keeper gave me when I bought a lovely tea cup and saucer from him. He got this twinkle in his eye and said, “now you know, this is always the best and most beautiful when shared with a friend”. Goes for good soup too, say I.

    • The picture is an image captured from google’s images. My grandson made a rue that included small bits of onion and celery. I don’t remember Rhoda making a rue, so the process was new to me. So our bowl was not exactly as pictured. We used the soup crackers. If I ever visit you again I hope to have some oyster soup prepared by you. Or you may substitute cocina for oysters. OK!

  3. Carroll Lehman says:

    Martin, you must be my cousin! I love oyster in any form, and I do make a very good stew. Take a New England trip and I will prove it. Glad you had a great birthday.

  4. Freda Zehr says:

    89? congratulations my dear friend. You have me beat by just 10 years. I hope and pray that I will be as frisky and healthy as you are when I reach the next mark.
    Have a wonderful year which I hope that we will all continue to be blessed by “the old fools” wonderful thoughts—-I still hate to call you a fool because that is the last thing you are! Freda Zehr

  5. Sam Troyer says:

    Happy belated birthday Martin, 89, wow, that’s getting up there. I am glad you found your “Joy” after loosing your mate. Friendship is a wonderful thing and a truly good friend is to be cherished. Sounds like you had a great day. I am glad for you. Shalom – Sam

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