Monday, April 4, 2011

Celebrating My Dad's 89th Birthday.....

Monday, April 4, 2011.......


This past Saturday was my dad's 89th birthday and my sister invited YogaGirl, dad, hubby and I over for lunch (Saturday is church day for my dad and although it starts at 4:00 pm, he leaves 1 hour in advance of service - we don't really know why and stopped asking).

My dad is an AMAZINGLY active man. He golfs, walks daily, president of his town's senior center, a member of a men's club, bridge group, but for the past 2 years, I've noticed how he hasn't been that happy about getting another year older. I guess I can't blame him.

He's outlived 2 sets of friends (this reminds me of Tom Hanks' character in the Green Mile) and starting to really slow down. He's finally acknowledging his hearing is going and wearing his hearing aid. Mind you, unless we told him to put them in, we'd have to scream at him in order for him to hear us. I can only imagine if a stranger saw this, I wonder if they thought we were guilty of elder abuse.

Anyway, the lunch was nice and then all talk turned to our Easter Egg Hunt. Yes. Easter Egg Hunt. My family takes it very seriously and it can turn into a blood sport (note: youngest member of egg hunt is 24). Winner gets to gloat for an entire year, and, when I say gloat, I mean GLOAT.

The one tricky element about the hunt is that my dad hides the eggs and as he ages, well, he hides them in unusual places. He recently started hiding the chocolate eggs under patches of grass he cuts up. Every year it gets weirder, and every year, he can't remember where he put them.

This should be interesting, but I do plan on taking down my contestants. Everyone is going down this year. Just saying.

{I'm glad potential employers know nothing of this blog because they might begin questioning how old I really am}

8 comments:

Brian Miller said...

ha. happy birthday to your dad...and the easter egg hunt sounds like a hoot!

Matty said...

I admire him. I just hope that I'm as active and fit at that age as he is now. God bless him.

Good luck getting to gloat for a year.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Brian - Our egg hunts are very fun. It brings out the kid in all of us.

Matty - I can't wait to win. It will stop my husband from gloating. He keeps reminding us how he beat us almost 2 to 1. All I can say is that he's going down.

About my dad, he's a great example of how age shouldn't stop you from doing something.

DB said...

Au contraire, LMB.....Yoga Girl here. I am looking forward to beating you, Mr. LMB, and everyone else out there in this year's annual bloodfest aka the egg hunt.

Little Ms Blogger said...

DB - aka YogaGirl, you've only won once in 20+ years. I'm not worried about you, but our possible guest, better not be a ringer.

RUBY said...

First of all,belated birthday wishes to this grand old man...may he live to be a sprightly hundred and more!
And may you guys gloat evermore in his good health and happiness.

I hope the family has a wonderful Easter this year!

www.rubysahay.blogspot.com

RUBY said...

First of all,belated birthday wishes to this grand old man...may he live to be a sprightly hundred and more!
And may you guys gloat evermore in his good health and happiness.

I hope the family has a wonderful Easter this year!

www.rubysahay.blogspot.com

RUBY said...

Dear Little Ms Blogger,
I've enjoyed reading the endearing account of your Dad who's heading out to the last decade of a century of living...may he live to love every bit of his life!

love
Ruby

www.rubysahay.blogspot.com