Yes, I know, I’m late. Thetis’s cake may be finished already. But we have lots of cognac and sausages for Rudolf S. And champagne. I couldn’t find a picture of his favourite flower — meadow saffron — it’s not that common in Sweden, though I have seen it in parks. And I wanted one of my own pictures. So I went for his favourite colour, purple. With a little imagination, you can make out the purple tulips in the background.
Facts found in Steiner, R. Selbstzeugnisse, a wonderful little volume, which includes a short introduction to the controversy of Steiner’s date of birth. I still think the 25th seems plausible, but I don’t see why one couldn’t celebrate on the 25th, the 26th and the 27th! No harm done, and Steiner has a lot of time on his hands these days. The ethereal kiosk will be open, the stash of champagne is endless, the fridges are filled. The flowers are in a pot on the table and the sofas are comfy. There will be no eurythmy performances.