It’s incredible to know someone that is 101 let alone that it’s my grandfather, Dara. He’s been living in an assisted living home for almost 1 year now and you could argue that his health has only improved since moving in. He’s a notorious flirt with an incredibly sharp memory who loves to share stories (some taller than others) of his past with any open ear. He loves being around his family and on his birthday we did just that by getting the Willoughby clan together to share in some requested Panda Express and cake.
The evening was a blast with everyone in good spirits and the kids slowly warmed up and began to run the show. Keegan did her part by counting all the way to 101 for everyone and then at the end Jack orchestrated a solo singing show in which he constantly reminded people to sit down, would only allow himself to sing, and then after each song he would yell out triumphantly “another song!” Hits included The Wheels on the Bus, Jesus Loves Me, He’s Got The Whole World in his Arms, Baby Beluga, and more.
We also watched a video where my cousin Blake had her drama students read adages from Dara’s book, which had him in tears by the end, while my Dad sat there wondering where these kids got these sayings from until someone finally explained to him it was Dara’s book. Lastly Dara finished the evening off with a great little toast that included Marxie who passed away one year ago and then he actually gave all the grand kids an extremely generous gift.
Here’s to hopefully doing this all again next year !