Today was my birthday. How did I get to be 58?
I left the house at 8:30 this morning, picked up my 80-year old mother in Tyler and drove to Richardson to hear a lecture by Greg Mortenson, the gentle giant who has spent the past 17 years of his life building schools for GIRLS in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Mortenson is the author of the 2006 bestselling "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones Into Schools," which was released last fall.
Before the 2 p.m. lecture at the lovely Eisemann Center in Richardson, Mom and I stopped at Pappadeaux for some seafood. Imagine our delight when the menu featured oysters on the half shell for $3.95 per dozen. They were fabulous. Plump, sweet and ice cold - just like the ones we ordered at Johnny Cace's in Longview when I was growing up. Mr. Cace, God rest his sweet soul, served me my first dozen on my 17th birthday. The ones today were every bit as good.
The lecture was amazing. Mortenson is a gentle giant who radiates peace, love and passion for the children of the world who do not have a chance at an education. He is also the most excellent example of how a peacemaker operates. He listens. He believes in books, not bombs. I would encourage everyone to read his books and be inspired by the work he and his Central Asia Institute are doing - and doing well - against all odds.
After the lecture, we decided to go *back* to Pappadeaux because my friend didn't join us for lunch, and she just loves oysters ... and what the heck ... it was my birthday.
We were seated at the same table on our second visit. The oysters were still $3.95 a dozen and still as sweet, succulent as they were at lunch ... and guess what?
I found a pearl in one of mine. It's small, to be sure, but there's no doubt what it is.
Time spent with family and a dear friend. Uplifting stories about one man who is making such a positive impact on the world. Oysters on the half shell. AND a pearl to boot. All in all, not a bad way to turn 58.
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