This year, my birthday fell during quarantine, so our celebration looked a bit different. I usually enjoy doing an activity, such as visiting Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, which is what we did in 2016, and eating a nice meal at the restaurant of my choice. Despite the COVID-19 closures, Mr. Handsome was still able to plan a wonderful day.
In the late morning, we went mushroom hunting at a friends’ farm. Mr. Handsome grew up hunting for morel mushrooms every spring, but as hard as he searched, he never found more than a couple every year. To say he was excited by the “loot” that we acquired on my birthday mushroom hunting trip is an understatement. He was utterly elated, and he was even more elated to share the experience with Little Buddy and me.
I, on the other hand, don’t believe I had ever tasted a morel, but I had heard about how tasty they were. Mr. Handsome sauteed them in a skillet, and they made a wonderful addition to the steak that he grilled for dinner. My birthday was lovely. Spending time outside with my two favorite men and then having a quiet evening at home was the perfect way to celebrate.
We won’t mention Little Buddy’s tantrums at the farm. Let’s just say he doesn’t yet understand that you can’t walk through tall grass because of the risk of ticks. But Mommy did let him play in a puddle, so that was a highlight.