Arlene is a petite woman with gray curly hair who sits in the grouping of chairs between center court and Macy’s at Genesee Valley Center in Flint, Michigan every weekday morning. She smiles and waves at all the “mall walkers” who pass by.
This morning about 50 of us came together to celebrate Arlene’s 90th birthday with a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday!
Yesterday her close friends set up a table at the other end of the mall and called people over to sign a giant card for her. Debbie and I printed off signs for people to wear on their shirts this morning as we walked so everyone would know about the celebration and where to meet and sing.
It was a delightful conspiracy! So many smiles and knowing glances as we plotted. We made a lot of new friends.
Hats off to Dionne, the store manager at JCPenney, who presented Arlene with a $100 gift card!
What a great way to start the day!