Tom’s birthday was at the end of February. It was one of those big birthdays, the kind that make you think back about all of the things you have done with your life, and the things you would still like to do. Instead of having a giant party, he cooked for 75 people who were on a camping trip at Long Lake Outdoor Recreation Centre.
There were newcomers to Edmonton from Somalia, Bolivia, Cuba, Mexico and Myanmar who camped, cross country skied and tried ice fishing for the first time.
There were presentations about wildlife, and explanations of how to sleep in a tent and use a wood stove to keep it warm.
We had a lot of help serving the food and washing the dishes.
Happy Birthday was sung in English, Spanish and Somalian.
After dinner there was music and dancing.