Monday, December 31, 2007

Grandpa's Birthday Party

Here are a few photos from the lunch we had here for my dad on his birthday. All three of my brothers were able to come and five of the grandchildren were able to make it. We had a good time just spending time together and sharing old stories.
This was my dad's first official birthday party. We've always taken him out to eat or done something small. But, this is the first she-bang he has ever had with "all the trimmings." He doesn't like to have a fuss made over him and always insists on us "not doing anything at all." That's just his way.
My dad grew up in a small Polish community and didn't speak English the first several years of his life. When they had moved to San Antonio, a neighbor boy invited my dad to his birthday party and my dad did not have a clue what that was nor did he still speak much English at that point. They didn't have birthday parties where he was from and that was an entirely new concept to him. He loves to tell that story. He always adds that the kid probably invited him out of pity since he was the new kid.
Now, 70+ years later, he has had his first official birthday party of his own!
Love you, Dad! Hope you enjoyed your day.

3 comments:

Arly said...

How'd the coconut turn out? What way did you decide to toast it?

Kristi said...

The coconut was great! The pie was a big hit, my dad's fave. I took your advice-- used the oven and spread it out on the cookie sheet. It took a little over 8 minutes. Thanks for the help. We'll just call you my baking hotline.

J Stolle said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COUSIN AL, WISHING YOU A WORLD OF JOY AND HAPPINESS. YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN OUR FAVORITE!!

LOVE AND HUGS,
JANICE, ODELL AND AUNT MARY