A month of celebrating

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My father had his 90th birthday this week.  We’ve been celebrating for a month.  It was my sister Lisa who decided to have small celebrations to commemorate his long and wonderful life.  More to the point, he likes to fill up his calendar.  He is lonely without my mother.

I photographed out the door of the cottage into the garden area.

I photographed out the door of the cottage into the garden area.

So, our gift to him was to eat cake for a month and sing.  Such activities didn’t work well with my Iron Mae goals which is why I’m extending it to the entire summer.  It did work well for him though as he was really happy to see old friends and new ones in small gatherings.  The photos are moments captured at his city and country parties.  We celebrated at Palma in New York that has a wonderful little cottage in the back of the restaurant that it rents out.  The interior didn’t photograph well with my Polaroid.  It was an enchanting afternoon though that none of us will soon forget.       

In the corner of the cottage were roses.  They added a sweet element.

In the corner of the cottage were roses. They added a sweet element.

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14 Responses to A month of celebrating

  1. Daile says:

    Happy birthday to your Dad. My Dad misses my Mum too, it sucks when you can really see how much they were the love of each others lives. A month of cake – love it 🙂

  2. John says:

    Happy Birthday to your dad … my mom isn’t far behind — she’ll be 90 in November. And, like your dad, she’s been lonely since my father passed… though, the loneliness has increased over the years as all her friends and family have been dying. Being the Oldest One Left is not necessarily a happy achievement.

    I like your idea … of a month long celebration. We’ve been trying to decide what to do for mom’s 90th. She likes socializing, seeing people … but, too much noise can make her irritable, and she tires easily these days. Maybe several small ‘parties’ is the best way to go.

    • maesprose says:

      Yes, I will tell you many small events are the way to do it. He said he really enjoyed having them spaced out like that and make sure you incorporate/allow nap time into the events… before, after… just make sure you have them!

  3. Happy Birthday to your father. We wish him many more! Best Wishes!

  4. elroyjones says:

    Such a thoughtful idea, interesting people in small doses with cake, wonderful combination.

  5. LB says:

    Eat cake for a month and sing. a wonderful combination … and such a great idea! Happy 90th your dad! We’ll be celebrating 80 yrs for my folks this September

  6. Tracy says:

    Celebrating with your Dad this way is a brilliant idea. Happy 90th Birthday to him and we’ll done to you and your sister for making his month so special. Good luck with your Iron Mae goals, you’ll achieve them I am certain 🙂

  7. jwpenley says:

    I loved reading about your celebration with your dad. Mine died just a month before his 90th–an October birthday and not conducive to partying with school-aged great grandchildren. So we had a big party in July. Grandchildren, great grandchildren, the works, descended upon Missouri for the best hamburgers and cake he ever ate. The little ones will never forget the world’s greatest great grandpa. Kudos to your dad. May he celebrate again and again.

    • maesprose says:

      Thanks Janet. He is in such wonderful shape but we note he is getting smaller with less energy with every passing month. We just hope he stays steady and clear for as many years as possible.

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