Friday, December 06, 2013

A Delightful Dinner

David Tweedie is such a wonderful son-in-law! He called me yesterday afternoon. "I want you to come to dinner tonight," he said. "Lachlan and I have a surprise for you. It's a surprise for Amy also. Both of you just be near your cell phone at 5:15, and be sure to wear something warm. We'll give you instructions."

Amy and I were intrigued. What was David up to, we wondered.  We got the call at 5:20. "Come on out to the Lifeguard beach."

There they were, on the edge of the outgoing tide, a waxing moon shining through the clouds, a coal oil lantern on their festive table, beckoning us to take our seats.

After we toasted our family with red wine and sparkling grape juice, David ladled his steaming homemade soup into our bowls. A green salad from his garden, slices of apple, cheese, and crackers rounded out the meal. David and Lachlan even brought homemade fig cake for dessert.

Can you imagine? It was December 5, the temperature was in the upper 60s, and it was a spectacularly beautiful evening. Not a single other soul ventured out on the beach. Our personal dining room extended up and down the beach as far as you could see, and for several miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

It was an evening to remember and cherish. Thank you, David.


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  1. What a great story!

  2. Anonymous8:27 AM

    How lucky you all are! Such a wonderful surprise.

  3. Utterly magical! That is one of the best surprise gifts I have heard of in quite a long while. thank you for sharing the story.

  4. Anonymous8:54 AM

    You are a lucky man! But I'm sure you already know this.

  5. Anonymous10:07 AM

    A wonderful family of fun loving folks. Not only luck but karma..... What a great story and long live the Tweedie's and Howards. Jude W

  6. Anonymous10:46 AM

    And no ants or mosquitoes.

  7. Anonymous12:10 PM

    Your son-in-law may never have that "small fortune"--but he has what even Donald Trump can't buy...STYLE.

  8. Toni W.12:56 PM

    How wonderful!

  9. Great story! Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

  10. Anonymous6:14 PM

    That was such a very nice thing for David to do. Sure shows how much he loves his family !!! Something I know you will always cherish, Philip.

  11. Anonymous12:59 PM

    I am so doing that the next time we are there! :)