Friday, November 8, 2013


Last Saturday my Grandpa turned eighty-seven. The fact that he has been on this earth for eighty-seven years is simply amazing to me. Think of all the friends he has made, the food he has tried, the places he has been, and the family he has loved.

This year was extra special as his birthday was on a Saturday and my family from New York was able to come down. Grandpa had three out of four children and six out of ten grandchildren there. And as an extra birthday present, my cousin Jenny has the first great-grandchild on the way.

I can't think of a better way to celebrate.

We dined at Grandpa's favorite Irish Pub, The Auld Shebeen, and the owner (complete with Irish accent) kept the whiskey coming. The food was delicious and the company was grand. We even got a few of Grandpa's famous rhymes that he says when he's really happy. Anyone else know The Night That Paddy Murphy Died? My whole family knows it by heart.

After dinner we went back to Grandpa's apartment in a beautiful retirement community and had cake and presents. Mom made Grandpa's favorite: Angel Food cake. And she brought fresh whipped cream and strawberries. That's right, when you are 87, you get to blow out the candles twice!

Please look at that face! He is the MOST excited!

Living near Grandpa is one of the many blessings about being in the D.C.-area for me. I am so happy Josh and I got to help him celebrate.

It also made me think about all of the wonderful things that one can do when she is 87. Here are my top five reasons why turning eighty-seven will be awesome.

  • You can eat and drink as much as you want. Heck, you're 87, you must have done something right all these years!
  • You have a ton of family all around you that will help you do whatever you need. I never liked putting on my own jacket or holding doors anyway.
  • Silver hair looks damn fine. No more dying it or worrying, just embrace it, because you are 87 and awesome.
  • It's your party and you don't have to entertain anyone. I often feel like I have to make sure everyone else is having a good time and an event that I host. By the time I'm 87, I plan to just let my guests worry about themselves.
  • You can say whatever you want. No need to be super polite, your family will love you anyway. In fact, they will probably think your uncensored opinions are nuggets of sacred information. Jackpot!

All jokes aside, I am so happy to have celebrated eighty-seven with my Grandpa. And I can't wait for eighty-eight. Happy Birthday Grandpa, I love you.

Linking up today, too!


  1. Stephanie @Shades of Color ArtNovember 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Happy Bday to your Grandpa!!! He looks so full of life! :)

  2. Aw your grandpa is so cute! Happy birthday to him & cheers to 87 more birthdays :)


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