Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Birthday Celebration COVID-Style by Pat Simmons

 I like parades. I always have as a little girl, but what do you do in eight inches of snow?

When I told a friend, who lives in Atlanta, I planned to postpone getting my favorite birthday cake and going out to dinner until the following week. Since the pandemic, carryout or delivery have been the norm when no one is cooking.

The COVID restrictions have crippled our local restaurants in St. Louis. Part of my birthday celebration is dining out, especially when I have incentives. I usually receive birthday coupons from Bristol’s (voted the best place for brunch by me) and Tucanos Brazilian Grill.  However, that restaurant is  located in St. Charles County, only ten minutes over the Missouri River, but they don’t have a mandatory mask mandate. I was willing to venture out if the restaurant practiced social distancing.

Two days before my birthday, my husband decided to brave the snow on the ground and more on its way, so I would have my cake—yay.

My friend in Atlanta would not hear of me NOT having a cake on my birthday, so she had a beautiful one delivered, along with roses, fun candles and sparkles via Instacart. Wow.  I couldn’t help but celebrate.

As far as a gift—well, my February release, HERE FOR YOU, is featured in the March 1, 2021, issue of Woman’s World Magazine, available this week at your store’s checkout. Grab a copy. I’m on page eight.

To purchase HERE FOR YOU:

All that was left was the birthday song, so I serenaded myself live on Facebook.

It was the best COVID-restricted birthday ever! If the video doesn't play, here's the link on Facebook:

For all those February birthday girls, Happy Birthday! Did you do anything exciting?


Pat Simmons is a multi-published Christian romance author with more than thirty-five titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a three-time recipient of the Romance Slam Jam Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Pat’s first inspirational women’s fiction, Lean On Me, with Sourcebooks, was the February/March Together We Read Digital Book Club pick for the national library system. Here for You and Stand by Me is also part of the Family is Forever series. Her holiday indie release, Christmas Dinner, and Here for You were featured in Woman’s World, a national magazine. She contributed an article, “I’m Listening” in the Chicken Soup for the Soul: I’m Speaking Now (2021).

Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country. Pat has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and a daughter. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and worked in various positions in radio, television, and print media for more than twenty years. She oversaw the media publicity for the annual RT Booklovers Conventions for fourteen years. Visit her at


  1. Sounds like a great birthday, Pat! Congratulations!!

  2. What a fun birthday. Congratulations on the magazine!