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On January 30th 2013 our great niece Meghan celebrated her 16th birthday.
Young people in Canada look forward to being sixteen, not just because it is another milestone in the growing up process but also because they now qualify for something which is anticipated with excitement and cherished. On and after their 16th birthday, young Canadians become eligible to take a written exam which means, after a successful pass, they will be issued with a learner’s driving permit. They can now begin, legally, the process of learning to drive an automobile.
Meghan had a birthday party on Saturday February 2nd. She wanted it to be special and to have a memorable theme. Since early childhood she has loved Disney movies and over the years has developed a growing interest in the technical and artistic details of how movies are made. She already has quite a talent in the filming, production and editing of videos.
With the cooperation of her very capable mother Pam, who is gifted in organizing anything, a princess theme was settled upon and developed into what turned out to be a very successful party. She had 17 close friends as her guests, all of whom came dressed in princess regalia of one sort or another. Including Meghan there were 18 princesses. As the programme for the party included segments that would take place in several different locations, her father Huw rented a small bus to transport the “princesses” to the different places.
All princesses were requested to be at Franklin Palace by 2:00pm. After last minute, final touches to hairdo’s, dresses and makeup, the first item on the agenda was a group photo on the front lawn.
The royal personages then boarded the official chariot, driven by chauffeur Huw Franklin, smartly dressed in black,
The first port of call was a popular, local venue named Castle Fun Park. This is a place which has an arcade of (according to their literature) 160 games and amusements, including mini golf, skill testing games, Go-Karts, Bumper Cars etc. When the princesses arrived they mingled with the crowd, introduced themselves, giving the members of the public there an opportunity to meet and talk with royalty.
From there they headed to the Abbotsford Fire Hall. Huw has a connection there and had arranged for the princesses to go there and have their picture taken on one of the fire trucks.
Recently, Meghan’s 89 year old paternal grandmother (Nana Beryl) became a resident at a seniors’ extended care facility in town and that was the next destination after the Fire Hall. Here the princesses not only visited Nana Beryl, they walked around meeting and talking to other residents there, handing out candies in the process and sang some songs as a group. All this was welcomed by an appreciative audience.
The local shopping mall was next on the agenda. Here, the princesses walked around, mixing and talking with the shoppers on a busy Saturday afternoon.
There was one more place on the itinerary before heading back to Franklin Palace for the celebration meal. They went to the elementary school where Meghan’s mom Pam is a teacher and spent a boisterous time playing party games.
Back at the Palace, a festive meal was eaten, including of course the birthday cake. Before it could be consumed the traditional blowing out of the candles took place.
This concluded a 16th birthday party that Meghan and her friends with never forget.
Happy Birthday our sweet sixteen Meghan.