Living in the Northeast, we are used to the occasional day in the forties or fifties in May or early June.
- We were hoping we could have a birthday party and get away without the cooler weather.
So far, spring had been above average temperatures, and we thought the entirety of spring and summer was going to stay that way. We planned the surprise birthday party for my mother’s ninetieth birthday, to be an outdoor affair. There were nearly 100 people invited, and we wanted it to be memorable. Earlier that year, my mom had told me she had never had a birthday party, and we planned on changing that. My husband rented a huge party tent, and we had it set up in the backyard. We had rented several portable air conditioners just for party tents. When the morning of the party dawned, I was busy doing my part of the meal. I was talking to my sister, who was trying to figure how to get mom to the party. My daughters were coordinating, picking up all the appetizers, drinks and the birthday cake. As the morning progressed, it didn’t seem to warm up. My husband told me he heard the weather report, and it had changed. The temperatures were dropping, and it was feeling like it was going to rain. My husband joked about not needing the air conditioners and wondered if we should have ordered the heaters instead. He called the rental place and asked about their having any heaters we could rent. Luckily, they had some patio heaters that they were willing to give us to use. He headed out to pick them up before any guests arrived.