On Hetty's 50th birthday, the King family plan a surprise birthday party.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mag Ruffman ...
Harmony Cramp ...
Lally Cadeau ...
Patricia Hamilton ...
Kay Tremblay ...
Aunt Eliza
Ian D. Clark ...
Elva Mai Hoover ...
Mrs. Lawson
Graham McPherson ...
Dr. Snow
Megan Kitchen ...


It's Hetty's fiftieth birthday, an event she does not want to celebrate. Regardless, the family is planning a surprise party for her. But things are not going well on many fronts. Neither Great Aunt Eliza or Rachel can decide what to get for her, Aunt Eliza wanting to get something memorable regardless of cost, Rachel not being able to find anything cheap enough. Janet has to make a second birthday cake after Daniel gets into the first one. And Hetty arrives home from her outing to the publishers three hours earlier than expected, and she seems to want to go everywhere that the party planning is happening. But as badly as the party planning is going, the day is worse for Hetty. Her latest manuscript has been rejected, Mr. Wilton Jr., the new publisher stating that her stories of exotic locales are fake and stilted since she hasn't experienced life in these exotic places like many of the great writers. Hetty has always cherished her life in Avonlea, but now wonders if she has missed ... Written by Huggo

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7 March 1994 (USA)  »

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Hetty King: I will never forget the days of my youth. When the waves rippled between my toes, taking the pink and silver grains of sand back out to the depths of the sea. There was a peace then; an indescribable feeling of immortality in the ebb and flow of the tide, and the seemingly endless stretch of beach and sky. Now as I gaze out upon those same sparkling waters, I realize that youth is never left behind, but is carried always, gently, in the heart.
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Jackie Burroughs R.I.P.
12 October 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I will miss her deeply she was an exact copy of my English mother, in looks, mannerisms, accent and size. I watched her faithfully in all her works especially Road to Avonlea, I was deeply saddened to hear of her death and her living only 60 miles south of me only adds to that....I only found out today of her death or would have wished to mourn her on that day. My favorite Road to Avonlea with Jackie was her role as Hetty King in the episode 'Momento Mori' which was about her struggles on her 50th birthday with one thing or another getting in her way that particular day, it shows her youth, vulnerability and most assured her HEART!....and I truly loved her speech at the very end of the show overlooking the water....!..it was a great episode which was on today Oct12th and I cried! Jackie I hope you meet my mom in heaven and laugh over how much you 2 could have been twins! R.I.P. my dear sweet lady!....You will never be forgotten!! I have already shared my feelings with friends and they all agree with me....thx for years of enjoyment! Lee

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