Dad's 80th  

gentelmanjim53 63M
487 posts
2/8/2006 2:19 am

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Dad's 80th

It seems hard to believe but Dad turned 80 yesterday. Birthdays come and go and we rarely think much of them, or at least I do not, but this was a big one for him. Embattled this last year with illness, losing the use of his legs and generally having his world crash around his ears, this was a day to celebrate.
My ex wanted to do something special for him and suggested we make dinner for him and then stay and eat with him. This was also what my sister suggested, those two talk behind my back and then coerce me into carrying out their wishes, but it was a good idea as I had no idea what to do for him and this would not take a lot of effort.
First thing was to find out what he would like for his birthday meal. His first reaction was just fix something simple and tasty, as we had invited friends to join us. I take him his news papers everyday and over the weekend he changed his mind. He asked for Surf and turf, ugh, tough thing to make in one location and transport to another and have it hot, but this is what he wanted and it was what I was bound and determined to do.
One plus is he is only 200 yards away from the house but a steak cools pretty quickly once off the grill. Without going into detail I did figure out how to get it there hot and he was thrilled. Now, he has not had much but institutional food for almost a year other than a few treats we have taken him now and then, so when he dug into that steak, salad, shrimp, stew and cornbread muffins, I did not think he would eat much. Surprise, he ate half of a one pound steak, half a pound of shrimp, a small bowl of salad, a small bowl of stew, two muffins and a piece of cherry cheese cake I had brought for dessert. He may suffer today for all that food but he was one happy camper last night.
My sister called after I was home and inquired as to how things had gone. She was feeling guilty for throwing this thing at me after I told her what dad had wanted for dinner, but got a good belly laugh out of my discription of how much he had eaten.
On a whole it was a great day for him and brought a great sense of joy to me to have those around him who are family in every sense of the word. One turns an age but once and life can be cruel in its raveges to we feeble humans but to him he was king of the land for an hour or two last night on the day that he turned 80. Happy bithday Pop.
Ya'all take care and have a good day

rm_PurryKitty2 48M/49F
9753 posts
2/8/2006 4:07 am

You are a good son!

Happy Birthday to your Pop.

Purry {=}


Abbienormal57 66F

2/11/2006 7:20 pm

Glad you were able to give him the gift of caring. Hats off to you GJ! this car......this motor and carb.....

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