My dear friend Karen likes to have fun. She always said that when she retired she was going to join the Red Hat Society just to get out and have a good time. A few months before retirement Karen had a heart attack at work. She has been in the hospital off and on ever since. She has had a leg amputated and has undergone chemotherapy and radiation for cancer. So it’s no wonder she has never found the “time” to join the Society. Tuesday, September 16th was Karen’s birthday. On Wednesday two other co-workers (and longtime friend’s of Karen’s) and I went to her house to celebrate her birthday. We decided to bring the Red Hat Society to her. Bernice, Lori and I donned purple shirts and red hats with purple flowers, feathers and beads and surprised her with gifts, flowers and cake. She was thrilled and laughed with glee at our ridiculous get-ups. We made sure she had a red hat too and we even included a purple scarf for her. After a meal of crab legs, shrimp and salads (we really do it up!) we relaxed with cake and tea sipped from antique English china tea cups. It was a ton of fun for all involved as I’m sure you can see from the smiles on our faces. Even her dog hammed it up with a feather stolen from my red boa. This party was a memory I will cherish forever and I hope Karen will too.