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February 12, 2012

My dad, L-Dogs, turned sixty last week, and we knew we had to celebrate the momentous occasion in style.

We wanted to keep it low-key, since Dad’s “real” present is going to be a Virginia wine tasting tour this spring, but still special enough to make Dad feel, well, special!

There were a few key components to make sure that this happened:

Good presents:

(Besides the wine tour, Funk and I got in touch with Dad’s close family and friends and had them send in their favorite memories of Dad over the past 60 years. Some were funny, some were sad, all were wonderful. We sat and read the memories out loud, drank some wine, and passed around a box of tissues as we took turns crying. It was sappy and kind of wonderful).

Good food:

Real Simple’s eggplant rollatini casserole

Paula Deen’s Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie

And good company:

(Plus my dad’s girlfriend, P, and Funk’s girlfriend, A).

The night was exactly what we were hoping it would be: laid-back, intimate, and a celebration of Dad’s life so far. For those of you who don’t know, L-Dogs was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma when he was 38, and he defeated pretty incredible odds when he fought the cancer and went into remission. Every year since his remission has been a celebration of his continued health, but last night seemed like an especially huge milestone.

As Funk put it the other night: twenty-two years ago, we weren’t sure we’d ever celebrate Dad’s 39th birthday, never mind his 60th. That realization made us all feel especially thankful for the years that we’ve been able to have and looking forward to many more healthy and happy ones in the future.

Happy birthday, Daddy! And many, many more.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Evan permalink
    February 12, 2012 6:46 pm

    This is an astoundingly awful picture of me.

  2. Allison permalink
    February 12, 2012 7:30 pm

    No mention of my bread???? I’m so hurt. 🙂

  3. February 15, 2012 6:26 pm

    that pie looks like the perfect way to say happy birthday!

  4. February 16, 2012 11:41 am

    This is too sweet…love the idea of the letters. I read about that somewhere, but it seems like so much work! LOL

    Can you make me eggplant rollatini on my birthday too?

    • February 16, 2012 8:36 pm

      He really liked it—I actually found the idea on Pinterest!

      And yes, I will absolutely make this for you on your birthday. It was fantastic!


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