Happiness from Saturday night.

October 6, 2013

Remember I told you on Wednesday that my friend turned 100yrs old? Well, tonight was his birthday party. What a wonderful age, what a remarkable life!

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Chloe and I dressed in evening dress, drove to mom’s house and waited for her to get ready…

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…and we all three walked up the lane to Norman’s birthday party.

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He was looking dapper as ever, with a huge commemorative button…lol. He was wearing his trademark bolo tie and I told him it looked very good. He told me it’s sterling and that his daughter Jane gave it to him. Then he said he can’t be bothered with ties. I said I didn’t blame him.

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The party was in full swing when we got there and, isn’t it funny that, no matter where you are, the party always migrates to the kitchen.
Around the rooms were letters of congratulations from HRM Queen Elizabeth, The Prime Minister of Canada, the Governor General, the head of the Ontario Dental Association, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, the Premier of British Columbia, and other notable people.


About 8pm it was time for the cake. Jane brought her father into the dining room and said, “Dad, don’t forget to make a wish as you blow out the candles. ” Norman said, “Can I wish for a bigger cake?” 😉

Then he blew out the candles and three more cakes were brought in.


Too soon it was time to go, but what a wonderful evening.

I wish you all a long and remarkable life with your children and friends around you always.

And remember how they say it in Ireland: A toast to your coffin: May it be made of 100 year old oak, and may we plant that oak tomorrow.

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  • Reply Paul B. Taubman, II October 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I love how you commemorate him and your party on your site! I LOVE the images and the sizes! It is refreshing to see a site like yours! (Does that sound cliche, or worse – like a spam comment? LOL!)

    Seriously – I hope I look that good at 80!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Veronica October 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Not at all Paul, I hope for that too. 🙂 Remarkable age, isn’t it?

  • Reply Christie October 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    What a wonderful gathering of friends! Norman looks terrific for his age. Does he share his secret for a long life?

    • Reply Veronica October 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Hi Christie. It’s true, he does. And he’s happy and funny and has a sharp brain. Unfortunately his secret formula changes each time you ask, but he consistently says he takes it one day at a time. 🙂

  • Reply Kirsten October 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    How awesome 100, we just celebrated my Mother’s 90th and I can’t wait to celebrate her 100th! Norman really looks handsome with his bolo tie on. I agree with Paul, love the large photos.

    • Reply Veronica October 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Kristen, that’s so fantastic. Congratulations to your mom. And thank you so much. I find that the Genesis WP theme is working really well for me right now. Nice meeting you thru UBC. 🙂

  • Reply Judy October 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Veronica. What a great post and such a wonderful tribute to a long a happy life. May he have many more years ahead. He looks really good and happy. Happy Birthday Norman!! and Happy Sunday..Judy

  • Reply Daryl October 7, 2013 at 7:42 am

    thats something my dad would have said

    • Reply Veronica October 7, 2013 at 8:02 am

      Aw, your dad sounds like he was a fantastic fellow. My dad would have said that too. 🙂

  • Reply Lavender Dreams October 7, 2013 at 10:07 am

    How wonderful! We should all hope that we’ll have a party like that…some day! It’s nice to dress up now and then and celebrate!

    • Reply Veronica October 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Absolutely. Let’s plan for it! 🙂

  • Reply Roxi October 7, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    How wonderful!

    • Reply Veronica October 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      Hi Roxi, thank you so much for popping by. 🙂

  • Reply Poppy October 8, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Hi Veronica,

    What a beautifully photographed and narrated post of Norman’s 100th birthday celebration! What a refreshing account of a grand get together of love, family and good friends. Thank you for the fabulous and fun stills of a most moving occasion!

    Hope you are having a warm and sunny week!


  • Reply Sara v October 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    My grandpa wore bolo ties–I love them. I gave him one with a horse on it too–looked a lot like Normans. Such smiling happy thoughts–Happy B-day Norman! Happy days everyone. Thank you for this–beautiful photos and an old person shining with happiness.

  • Reply Anne-Marie October 9, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Norman looks fantastic for 100!
    But the quote about the oak coffin makes me laugh – I’m from Ireland and I’ve never heard it before! but it does sound good 😉

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