We flew to Philadelphia this weekend for my father-in-laws 75th surprise birthday party. The party was held at a lovely Inn outside of Philadelphia. It was a quick three night trip but so worth it. We only see the family once a year sometimes twice due to the distance. It’s a lot of fun to have all twelve grandchildren under one roof.
My mother-in-law with the help of her daughter and close friends worked very hard planning the party and it was a fantastic surprise. Ninety of their close friends and family from various stages of their lives gathered to celebrate his birthday. She wanted to “give him his flowers while he was living” and we did.
His four children spoke about his influence on their lives and how they are passing on the lessons learned to their children. My husband being the oldest spoke first. Some of the highlights from all of his children were an incredible work ethic (which they all have), doing the job right the first time, and education. My mother-in-law introduced each one of their children and their spouses, describing their educational background and current work experience. I was impressed when I heard it spoken out loud as she called each one of us to the podium (Plant Manager/Engineer, Principal, Special Education Teacher, 3 Ph.D. degrees in Engineering, Psychology, and Counseling/Higher Education Administration). What a legacy! We then introduced our children.
The grandchildren performed which included singing, playing piano and reciting poems. Several of his friends and family reminisced and shared their fond memories of him mentoring, teaching, helping and sharing his wisdom. He has truly been the patriarch of the extended family supporting and encouraging from near and far. Indeed it was an afternoon to be remembered. I’m sure he would agree.
We ate a delicious meal.
We sang Happy Birthday to ya! Happy Birthday to ya! Happy Birthday!
We line danced some more.
It was such a wonderful way to tell him and show him how we feel. A party of this magnitude was well-deserved and pretty cool. I love the idea behind giving someone their flowers while they are here. It can be a grand celebration or just authentic heartfelt words. Words are a beautiful gift that carry so much meaning. They are simple and free.
Yes, it was an exceptional day and an awesome celebration of a life well-lived.
Have you given someone important to you their flowers recently?
Peace and Love.
Peace and Blessings,