This morning I popped into the care home long the road from me, where our current eldest member resides.
Today "Miss A" has her 100th birthday, and the staff have certainly pulled out the stops for her.
When I walked into the lounge, I was greeted by huge balloon '100', a table laden with cards, and bouquets from such august organisations as Glasgow City Council. The birthday girl, clad in her favourite pink, was in good heart, and looking forward to seeing many visitors during the day.
We chatted a little about her long life, and I prayed with her after dropping off my own card and a small gift.
I had to smile to myself that she seemed decidedly underwhelmed when one of the carers told her there was a card from the Queen waiting for her to open later, but was equally thrilled that I couldn't come to her party because I was leading a Baptism preparation class.
I hope a wonderful day is enjoyed by this woman, who never ceases to amaze me, and with whom it is always a privilege to spend time.