The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

September 7, 2013

Turning the big ‘Five-3’ in style

By BRAD KELLAR

— It has been quite a week at the Kellar Estate ...

— To kick things off, as if the growing spread of gray hair wasn’t enough of a clue, yours truly is one step closer to the ranks of senior citizenship, as I notched my 53rd birthday Wednesday. Since I had to work, I didn’t get to celebrate too much.

The folks at the paper got me a card and a cake. Our daughter Jaylynn, 14, who is taking German in high school, wished me Happy Birthday in German. Vida and the Jaylynn and Jason, 6.75, got me cards (the kids got me one of those talking cards which goes on and on and on) and Jaylynn even baked me a batch of cookies!

As I write this on Friday night, Vida has promised to take me out for lunch Saturday to what was once my all time favorite place to eat: The Great Outdoors Sandwich Shop.

 I haven’t had a chance to dine at one for who knows how long, but when I was in college in Dallas I was such a regular I never had to tell the owner of my chosen location my order. I’d just give him a hand signal to designate which sandwich I wanted when I walked in the door and he’d have it ready for me by the time I got through the line to the counter. Throw in a bag of Fritos and a root beer and I was in lunchtime heaven.

— Thursday evening I got to fulfill one of Jason’s dreams. I signed him up for Cub Scouts. Jason has been wanting to be a Cub Scout pretty much ever since he realized all of the neat things his big sister got to do in the Girl Scouts.

That, and he wants to sell popcorn. Jason really, really wants to sell popcorn. So, get those checks ready ...

— And of course the finale of my birthday week comes tonight, when I get to watch the Dallas Cowboys start their season against the New York Giants. I am planning on having access to the big screen television in the den and Jason has actually shown a desire to watch the game with me.

 In fact, at the start of the last preseason game, Jason told me not to turn the game on until such time as he had retrieved my Cowboys foam finger and had put my Cowboys slippers on my feet. Wow.

OK, so he only watched about two minutes of the game before running off to bug Jaylynn ... but it was a nice touch.

So, that was how I celebrated my latest birthday. All things considered, it was one of the best I’ve ever had. But then, when I have such a wonderful family and friends, how could it be anything less?

Just a (slightly older) thought ...



Kellar is a Herald-Banner staff writer