Two or so years ago in Cameroon, while having my hair cut under a mango tree by a friend, my friend and I started discussing our birthdays. Her birthday is four days after mine and we were born in the same year. What makes it significant is that this year means we are both turning 40! We said on that day that we would like to be able to celebrate turning 40 together, if possible.
She ended up being in Canada with her family and we realized we were on the same continent around our birthdays, so there may be a way to celebrate together. Another friend who lives near the US border on the Canadian side, who is a friend, who also served in Cameroon with her family and who we visited in 2012 in Canada, also could get together. It was a plan!
Since the one friend returns to Cameroon in July, July is pretty much out, we have vacation in June and swim team, so June was looking like a no go, however, the last weekend in May was looking promising. So, the date was set. After discussions, the place was set. I flew into Detriot and my friends picked me up and we had a great weekend talking into the wee hours of the morning, eating lots of yummy food, shopping and just being together. It was great to be with others who knew me in Cameroon and who know me out of Cameroon. Thanks ladies for a great time together!