The only way we could have made John’s birthday more low-key was to ignore it. I wished him a happy day within 15 minutes of waking up, so give me credit for that. There was no discussion of the birthday meal, since it has become our custom to go to the restaurant that grandson Nathaniel worked in for two summers. John called to make sure they would be serving prime rib, his once-a-year favorite. We went to church and took naps, waiting for the place to open. Evidently it was birthday Sunday, because a woman at the next table was celebrating her 95th.

I took a photo of John and grandson David, because it wouldn’t be a proper celebration in our family without pictorial evidence.

For the foodies: David had Chicken Parmesan with pasta, and I chose Bourbon Pecan-Encrusted Chicken over mashed potatoes. I did not stab the potatoes with a knife; it came that way. John’s meal was exciting to the palette and visually boring.

At home we skipped having a candle on the cake, although we sang the birthday ditty as we put the dessert on the table. We had John’s standard angel cake with strawberries, his favorite since childhood.

David added blueberries to the top, and I was amused that it ended up looking like a silly face.

John is now officially 78 years old. However, at some point he began counting his age backward, so he is really 13 years old now. He teases that when he is two years old, the grandsons will have to wheel him about, like he pushed them in their strollers.

27 thoughts on “Birthday

  1. Belated Penblwydd Hapus John, it seems you all had a choice of foods you liked in the restaurant followed by John’s favourite cake at home. You should have been ready for cat naps after that.
    Massive Hugs xxx


  2. Happy birthday to John! When my Aunt turned forty she decided to start counting backwards. She and I were 23 at the same time. I won’t tell you how long ago that was but she is well into negative numbers if she kept going backward. Angel food cake is a favorite of both my dad and husband.


  3. I’m sorry I missed this post and John’s birthday on the same day. I was behind in Reader then did a post last night as I didn’t want to post on the 20th due to the WordPress banner, etc. Many happy returns to John who is a very young 78.


  4. Well, John has me by 18 months. I’m spending a few moments catching up on mail, Blogs reading and such while Mary Agnes does some future meal prep in the form of Egg Plant Parm, 24, 1/3, 1/3, 1/3, Beef, Pork, Hot Spicy Italian sausage meatballs. She will move on to quilting shortly.

    For your birthday John, I send you this.

    Stay oiled, stay verticle and do not rust. All the best, thanks for celebrating the entire month, so I’m not late.



    1. John came and looked at the video on my machine because I couldn’t copy your message. He was identifying country of origin as the old engines came on the screen. Thanks for thinking of him.


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