Many friendships have been formed during years of participating in programs at St. Anthony’s Retreat Center in Marathon, Wis. Near my 70th birthday in August I stopped by the center with a friend. To my GREAT SURPRISE I walked into a room filled with many friends from near and far. “Happy Birthday!” was the cheerful greeting. I was so surprised and awe stricken. A creative hat with streamers on all sides was placed on my head. Tables were decorated and a delicious meal was prepared. The celebration began. Following the meal a huge box was brought near which contained 70 wrapped gifts. This was another expression of love from so many friends who are close to my heart. There was much laughter and great sharing. I will always remember this surprise birthday celebration which touched my heart.