People talk about everything in a cafe.
Life. Death. Food. Who's seeing who. Who's NOT SEEING WHO... ;)
Cafes are gathering spots. They're the watering holes of today. Of course the old watering holes drew COWBOYS...
But not today. Not at this El Rancho.
Today we're going Total Pink!
Some of you already know this.
My friend Lisa has breast cancer.
She's 36 years old.
She has let me help raise her children for TEN YEARS.
Obviously she's seriously deranged. But deranged or not,
she's fighting cancer. And around here???
WE FIGHT LIKE GIRLS!!!!
Lisa is in the blue... Yes, we all wore pink, but it was a SURPRISE PARTY.
And she didn't want to come.
She was tired. Chemo had been rough that round. And she was a little down.
She thought she was coming to a baby shower.
Her daughter Taylor read about a Pink Party. She discussed it with her dad.
And then they presented it to us, the daycare moms.
|Taylor... eating... this is not unusual behavior. She's a sassy little thing.|
Taylor (10) and McKenna (7) helped plan.
We had teen girls... (not Barb on the right... She just LOOKS like a teen!)
Grenadine to color the drinks pink....
Everyone wore hats in solidarity.
Little girls.... This is McKenna, Lisa's 7 year-old daughter.
At least ONE pregnant girl.
And pink stuff. Like... Everywhere.
Pink balloons... Pink tablecloth... Pink streamers
People came from all over.
Family. Friends. Neighbors.
Girls talking. Girls laughing. Girls smiling.
And of course, great hats:
And a puppy never hurts!
To throw a pink party, you need these things:
1. Someone with breast cancer, dagnabbit. Lisa drew the short straw on that one.
2. Pink food
3. Pink decorations
4. "FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!" posters handmade with righteous indignation
5. Great punch
6. Shirley Temples made with Ginger ale and Grenadine
7. Pink napkins
8. Everybody wears a hat for solidarity (mine kept falling off, shoulda just worn a baseball cap!)
9. Everybody wears pink (that actually made Lisa stand out in her blue, LOL!)
10. A cupcake breast cancer awareness ribbon, courtesy of Lacey:
It was a great day. A great surprise. A great coalition of women and girls with one goal:
Comfort. Solidarity. Love. Compassion.
While eating great food, of course.
It took one little girl's goal of throwing her mom a breast cancer party...
And a bunch of moms who love her mom.
And it got done.
Taylor, Lisa and McKenna Tydings