April is a great month for birthdays in our family. This weekend we will be celebrating three of them – my dog’s, my dad’s, and my father-in-law’s.
My not-really-a-puppy-anymore puppy, Jack, is five years old today. And what better way to celebrate than to torture him with a party hat. He only chewed two of them!
My dad will celebrate his 71st birthday tomorrow. I think he's finally enjoying all the perks that now come with birthdays, namely free meals at some of his favorite restaurants. I know he's got at least two dinners and one breakfast planned.
This is one of my favorite pictures of him, taken on a birthday more years ago than I’d care to admit.
My father-in-law will be celebrating his 74th on Sunday. Despite some health issues, he is a man who likes to keep busy. The grass and gardens are always meticulously kept in the summer and the driveway is cleaned clear of snow in the winter.
We will be celebrating on Sunday with dinner, steaks on the grill, and a very decadent chocolate cake. A girlfriend gave me the recipe, aptly named The Best Chocolate Cake Ever, and it doesn’t disappoint.
Everyone celebrating birthdays this weekend is in good company as Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate his 85th on Monday. Happy Birthday Papa!
“When we step into the family, by the act of being born, we do step into a world which is incalculable, into a world which has its own strange laws, into a world which could do without us, into a world we have not made. In other words, when we step into the family we step into a fairy-tale.”
– GKC in Heretics
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