Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Celebrating 80 Years
At Joe's request, the birthday cake on Saturday was baked by Sean, a Norwegian success cake. Suksesskake is traditionally served at important celebrations, and turning 80 is certainly important and celebration!
Also at his request, Joe himself made our dinner, German Lentil Stew, and turned down all offers of assistance. Both Joe's soup and Sean's cake were welcomed. I would have gladly made any meal he requested, but this was what he most wanted. There is something about a batch of homemade soup on the table that adds to any family gathering, but this was special. He first made this soup on February 4 1973 when I was pregnant with Ben. I have made it too many times to count, he has continued to make it too so it has been a family favorite; all my sons make it and their families vote for it too. In years to come, I wonder if the name will change to "Papa's Birthday Soup." That makes me smile. Happy Birthday, Joe! You are so loved. When the candle was lit and the birthday song sung, I smiled, too, at the mixture of names when the words came to "Happy Birthday, dear....Joe, Dad, Joe, Papa." What a gift you are to us, and what a treasure of family gathers and loves, all beginning with the birth of a 10 pound baby boy on July 26, 1937.