Yesterday we celebrated my grandfather's 95th birthday with a small-ish surprise party. Just family, his friends from church and two of the priests from our parish. It was a wonderful time. He was very surprised and emotional.
We held it at Eddie's Corner Cafe...a sweet, nostalgic restaurant where my grandparents used to eat on a regular basis. They got to know the owner, Eddie Mode over the years. He has a wall of photographs of some of his regular customers. My grandparents' photo is front and center. Later in the day today, my grandfather said "I feel like my wife was here with me today" as he lovingly gazed up at their photo. I'm sure she was.
My good friend, Jane Summitt, created these incredible balloon hats for the kids and one very special one for my grandfather. He got a big kick out of it...so did everyone else. They were a very big hit.
Here's my grandfather as a young man...look at all that hair!!!!
and my grandparent's wedding picture from 1938...
He has lived an incredible life. He's so proud of his age. It's the first thing he will tell you when he meets you. He will say, "Hi, I'm Al Mercuri...i'm going to be 95." We told him that after today, he can tell people that he's going to be 96!