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:
(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).
Real Simple’s eggplant rollatini casserole
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.