Celebrating 90 years is a lot of fun for sure. Yesterday was my Dad’s 90th birthday. It is a great thrill to have him here in Ontario with us for that very special time. The last time I had a birthday with him – he turned 80. Catherinanne has never had the opportunity to celebrate Dad’s birthday with him.
Yesterday, Catherinanne and I had some business to do in London so Mom and Dad travelled with us. It meant that dad started his day with a blessing from Bishop Howe – Bishop of the Diocese of Huron. Bishop Bennett our Suffergan Bishop also came to wish him well. The entire staff of the Synod office of the Diocese of Huron signed a card for him wishing him a Happy 90th . It really meant a lot to him. From there we had lunch with Catherinanne’s Mom and McGuiness Landing in London. The young waitress, when she learned it was Dad’s 90th, left the restaurant and purchased a card. When the staff of the restaurant cane and sang happy birthday with his free dessert, they had a card from the staff of McGuiness Landing. It was a really nice touch and we all were very pleased. This of course all after a fantastic meal there.
When we came home we had planned a fish and chip birthday dinner. Pat and Hanks fish and chips was as good as ever. Steve and Sandy, our neighbours along with Kevin Miller joined us as we had fish with the 90 year old. We ended dinner with happy birthday – participation from Roger in Newfoundland on the speaker phone, as well as Darryl on the web cam was an extra touch of fun.
The whole night wrapped up with a couple of games of 120s an East Coast card game that both Mom and Dad love playing. The women beat the men twice. That prompted Dad to say of Steve and I – “I think they are the worst partners I have had in my life!” If you consider he started play 120s when he was about 10 – that means in 80 years of partners Steve and I were the worst. Is there a prize for such an honour?
All in All Dad had a great day – but tonight will be the real treat. The parish has planned a Newfoundland Kitchen Party in Dad honour. It is a potluck supper with entertainment by some of the great parish singers. It starts at 7 and will end when the last person leaves the floor. We are all looking forward to a great time.
Dad also received a great poem from the family yesterday. I’ll print it below!
Millions of loves and kisses
James & Clara, Helen & Gary, Elaine & Jack, Lloyd & Jackie
Robert & Joanne, Darryl & Karen, Kevin & Catherinanne
Roger, Debbie, Lauren & Leanne, Sherrie, Sheldon, Vanessa and Brent,
Angie, Robbie & Samantha, John, Sandra, William and Peter, Jason, Kristin & Gabrielle,
Gary, Annette, Leah, Becky & Andrea, Jennifer, Chad & Joy
Christopher, Jennifer & Tyler, Adam, Lisa & Ryan
Jessica, Matthew and Sarah.