Once upon a time, a friend named Catherine turned 50 and decided she wanted to take a two-hour cruise from Tappahannock up the Rappahannock River to Ingleside Vineyards in
So she did.
She invited a group of friends, one of whom bestowed her with this hat which declared not only that she was an "old coot" (on the back) but also over the hill. Another of her friends called her Edith Bunker, but that's not really what we're focusing on here today, pearls and actual resemblances notwithstanding.
Catherine spent much of the boat ride there and back regaling her friends with stories. I'm here to tell you right now, if there is one person on this planet who needs her own reality TV show, it's Catherine Miller Owens. She can spin a tale complete with hand gestures, facial expressions, perfect pauses, and just the right words to keep everyone in stitches.
To tell the truth, Catherine's story-telling motions were so lively they drew the attention of the older passengers sitting inside the boat. I peered through the window more than a few times and caught a whole row of people spellbound--and they couldn't even hear what she was saying.
It just doesn't matter with Catherine. She's hilarious.
|Catherine, Alda and Christine|
|Alda and Lawrence|
|Catherine's husband Willie B. (making sure she didn't flail herself overboard with her hand gestures), |
Catherine and Lisa
|When we arrived at the winery, the disembarkation process was smooth.|
Here Laura Lane, Catherine and Teresa make the trip down the dock.
|The birthday girl, who is also a nurse, received what she called a "laceration" on her upper thigh in a recent boating incident. I wish I could say she was showing the crowd her laceration here, |
but alas I cannot. She was just posing for a picture.
|Merlot grapes had just been harvested when we arrived at the winery.|
Here, Catherine samples a few.
|After a very educational talk about how the wine is made, we sampled some of the wines.|
Although I'm more of a merlot fan, I liked their Chesapeake Chardonnay
best of all those sampled.
|We enjoyed lunch in their lovely courtyard. There's also a very interesting museum on site.|
|On the boat ride back to Tappahannock, a feather boa suddenly appeared from nowhere.|
It was a great day.
Catherine took the time on the cruise over to say what she appreciated most about each of her friends in attendance. I'd like to say to Catherine that I appreciate her unconditional friendship.
But most of all, I think she has a true gift. When nothing or nobody else can, she can make me laugh. She is the queen of telling stories and the queen of physical comedy. When she mentioned going in to the winery how much she wished she could get barefoot in a barrel of grapes and stomp the heck out of them, I realized then and there that she takes after one of the greats: Lucille Ball.
She's a one-of-a-kind mess, a comedienne extraordinaire--whether she knows it or not--and we love her.
Just as she is.
Happy 50th birthday, Catherine!