Ansi, this is a beautiful story featuring all 4 Cartwrights, including Joe's mom Marie and Hop Sing.
I like the dialogues between Marie and Ben and their dealings with each other - like two freshly in love.
Since they don't know Hop Sing's birthday, they want to celebrate the day he and Ben met for the first time - a great idea - as well as the story of how they met.
I can image the feelings of Hop Sing when he saw all the lanterns, especially for him, on this day.
Nice to mention that such lanterns have always been a part of the parties on the Ponderosa since that day.
Well written, ansi!