It’s Dad’s 60th birthday today and we threw him a surprise party last Saturday. It didn’t occur to me that planning a surprise party would be this taxing. In addition to my daily work, I had to plan the guest list, consolidate rsvps (friends from Singapore and relatives from KL!), arrange table seatings etc. The worst definitely had to be deciding who sat where (I’ve decided that at my wedding, all my guests will sit on the floor), mum and I nearly fought cos of it! ;’( But of course, anything is worth it for family! ♥
We had three tables in a private room overlooking the golf course and the weather was perfect! Over 30 of us arrived earlier to surprise Dad and it was a huge success! Family ties and friendship’s an amazing thing. God’s amazing – how he puts certain people in and out of your life so that you learn to cherish the ones that truly matter.
Jana’s in Sydney and we definitely wanted her to be part of this special day so we got her to video herself.. Clearly worked cos Dad got all teary which was really hard for me to watch so I just stood at a corner. The 3 Js also did a performance for Dad. A medley of some of his favourite songs – Hey Jude, I Started a Joke and Have you ever Seen the Rain.
Another teary moment was definitely during James’ speech. I still remember him as a baby, all botak and gangly, full of rash from his eczema. He has since grown into a fine young man – taller than me if I may add.
I wonder what goes through Dad’s mind as he turns 60. I’m sure there a lot of worries about the future but I hope he sits back and realises how blessed we’ve been. I for one have been blessed to have him in my life. Though we quarrel at times and may not always see eye to eye on certain things, there’s no doubt that he’s played a vital role in my growing up years.
I’ve never seen my Dad cry so the day he left me in the airport in Australia and seeing him in tears is something I will always remember. Perhaps fathers will always be fathers. You know, there are certain characteristics to dads. Being the man of the house, they have to be serious and sturdy and many times we forget that our old man has feelings too.
Dad supported me throughout my uni years. He understood me when I was at my lowest and missing home. He made my life so simple and yet made it a point to never lavish me with money and gifts.
It’s funny how you tend to be more expressive the further away you are from someone. Dad may not tell me how much he loves me, just like how I rarely say it to him, but I know that he only wants the best for me. Just like I would for him.
I am also grateful that he has taken care of mum because she’s very important to me!
So on this day, I say a special prayer to the big man above, for taking care of the man I love the most. He has blessed my family abundantly and I cannot ask for more.