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Planning On Going Up To See Dad Ready For His Birthday On 20th March

Mum told me earlier that Dad has had his hair cut by a hairdresser that comes into the ARC every Friday. It only cost him £4 and he gave her a £1 tip which is very unlike him (although he did ask Mum for the money when she saw him later on) lol. Mum said his haircut is reminiscent of the guys in the 'Peaky Blinders' series and looks brilliant by all accounts. I guess Dad is lucky that his trademark hair never fell out whilst having chemotherapy. He has also had a bath this morning (in one of those sling thingies, assisted by staff) so Mum was very pleased about this. Dad is too!

Anyway, Dad doesn't normally bother with his birthday although he has always liked cards and basic presents. This year, however, is different as it will probably be his last, so Mum is thinking up ways of making his 78th birthday next Friday special. The room he is in at the ARC is big (as it used to have another bed in there, since removed) but there is only one shelf to put cards on plus a little bedside cabinet that is a bit useless, to be honest. Balloons will be a must, though, as I don't know anyone who doesn't like balloons. Mum will most probably bake a cake as well. There will be more cards than usual as word has got out to as many people as possible.

I shall take my camera to the planned party although I will have to re-charge its battery at some point. Nothing worse than taking photographs and the screen goes dead!

Yes, I am looking forward to seeing Mum and Dad again (colouring in here in Carlisle just isn't the same as the light is bad in this house) and will probably travel on the Thursday as John will be off on that day. No point travelling on the Big Day itself as we all want to make the most of it, for obvious reasons.

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wolfgirl569 wrote on March 13, 2015, 6:53 PM

You could maybe get a big board to put the cards on or a chain of some type with clips that could hang from the door or ceiling. Hope everyone has a good time

Janey1966 wrote on March 13, 2015, 7:02 PM

Thanks. Yes, I am sure Mum (or me) will think of something. There is a shelf in the room but it's not very big although I'm sure some cards could go on there.

crowntower wrote on March 14, 2015, 3:32 AM

Happy birthday to your dad, and I hope he is getting better and better each day. I love cakes with or without birthday parties.. lol! My mom always buy us cakes when we are little and when money is not that hard to earn. God bless.

jiangliu1949 wrote on March 14, 2015, 7:29 AM

Needless to say ,Everyone is getting ready for the big day to cheer your Dad up .I can well imagine everybody will have mixed feelings when celebrating your Dad’s birthday .How I hope he will celebrate his 79 th birthday next year. Remember me to your Dad ,Happy birthday to him !

Janey1966 wrote on March 14, 2015, 2:49 PM

I know you mean well but my Dad's cancer is fairly advanced so is unlikely to survive it. We all pray for a miracle though, I guess it's only natural to do so.

Janey1966 wrote on March 14, 2015, 2:51 PM

Thank you. Yes, that would be something wouldn't it? His 79th birthday next year. I guess his goal after his 78th will be Mum's birthday in June, then their 50th wedding anniversary in December; the latter will be a long shot but I guess it's something to aim for.

jiangliu1949 wrote on March 15, 2015, 2:15 AM

Think positive ! You never know he will live out this year and celebrate their 50 th wedding anniversary ,because he has sense of humour and great strength of character .

suzzy3 wrote on March 15, 2015, 3:09 PM

I wish your Dad a very happy birthday and make the most of the time you have left with him.