Wednesday. May 18th. my Dad turned 100 years old, simply amazing to think what he has seen and lived through in a century.
Here is his message from Queen Elizabeth.
Dad has all his "marbles" [ sometimes I think he found some of mine, lol] but physically the past year he has been very frail since he needed a blood transfusion he has not bounced back. Until then he was out to the local village twice a day on his "scooter", visiting my Mum's memorial and doing his bit of shopping. I know he is very bored and lonely, feeling trapped without his previous freedom but he just hasn't the physical strength these days to handle the "scooter".
My brother was the MC of the event and gave a bit of a talk on the life of our Dad, very truncated of course to try and cover 100 years in only 15 minutes.
John realised just before he began that he had omitted part of the "history" and ad libbed that bit in........
but my Dad reading along with the speech didn't have that.......
and immediately called John over to tell him of the error! My brother said" I knew I was going to be in trouble but I thought I'd get past the first paragraph", and everyone had a good laugh, Dad might be very hard of hearing but he doesn't miss a beat!
Dad chatting to one of our sons in USA via Skype.....
Here is my brother and his family, missing his son in law who couldn't get away from work.
Niece Brooke with her family......
her Mum [my youngest sis] and me.
Here is my family missing sons Lucas [our soldier] and his family except for his oldest son who traveled with us, and son JW and his little boy [JW had finals for Med.School].
Here are Dad's descendants, missing the above, but also missing are two other grandsons, one each of my brother's and my twin boys whom we lost to our everlasting sadness, in 2002 and 2006.
Of course also missing is my Dad's beloved wife, my Mum.