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Delwyn Stoat took the glass of wine her friend offered and took a sip. “All I’m saying Delly, is that it’s time to live a little bit. You’ve done wonders with the vineyard. You’ve built it from nothing to success.”
“Oh come on, Sally, it wasn’t nothing when I took over.”
“Oh, but it was, Delly. It would have been closed down and converted into rows of houses. You know it and I know it. What you did here was amazing and astounding.”
Delwyn considered her friend’s words. They weren’t altogether wrong, in fact, if Delwyn had not bought the vineyard there certainly would not have been, so far, three vintages of very good chardonnay.
Still, she wasn’t one to take praise very well. “Listen, Sally, if it hadn’t been for you being willing to invest—you and Tom that is—no way whatsoever I would have been able to accomplish any of this.”
Sally smiled at her. “We weren’t investing in the vineyard Delly, we were investing in you, and you’ve done exactly what you should and it’s time you took a break.”
Delwyn sighed; she knew there was no hope of winning this argument. “Alright, tell me again exactly what’s happening.”
“Tomorrow is your thirty-second birthday, Delly. I have tickets for you. These will take you to every major wine growing region in the United States—California, Washington, everywhere.” Her eyes narrowed and she stared at her “And here’s the deal, Delly, you have to do something wild at every stop.”
“Oh come on, Sally . . .”
“No, no, listen, something wild. You have spent the last ten years of your life working and working hard, since you were right out of college. And in college, my God! You never had any fun there either. Now that we have some success here and your staff can handle things without you, I insist that you do something wild, exciting, and new.”
“Look, I don’t know.”
“Do I have to remind you that Tom and I are 66% owners of this vineyard? Now, we have taken a complete backseat and let you do whatever you wanted, but it’s time for you to enjoy some time for yourself and if I have to flex some muscle to make it happen, I’m going to.”
Delwyn sighed. She knew her friend was going to get her way, so she gave in. “Alright, whatever you say.”
“Happy Birthday, Sweetheart.”

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