These tulips survived their stay on the living room table for a week. They were decoration for my birthday dinner last week. We dragged out the old particleboard plank, and covered it in deep-blue packaging paper and had a feast with as many friends as could fit.

Andrea and I agree that we’ll leave them out until all the petals fall off; the flowers are a reminder of the great time and what I’ve been introduced to as “the birthday week.”