#1,374 Daddy is 60.
by Erin Napier
Unbeknownst to Daddy, everyone at work has been planning a surprise party to take place today during lunch. There were some hoops to jump through. He goes and sees his home health patients every day instead of taking a lunch break, at which time he usually eats a single handful of peanuts. He’s a machine. So mama had to somehow find a way to keep him from leaving today without him knowing what was up. Mama, Ben and I got to the clinic around 11:30 and they hustled us through the big therapy room into a back room where they had set up his party. Everyone made sure to be finished working with their patients by noon. Inconspicuous, right?
The moment my brother finished with his patient (he and daddy work together) he was in the party room trying to shovel hot queso and chips into his mouth before the party started.
Before long someone went to get him and they walked him into the therapy room where everyone was waiting, about 40 people, singing ‘Happy Birthday’ for him. He was tickled to death. You couldn’t get the grin off his face.
Look how cute mama is there on the right waiting for him!
One little therapy patient remained back there doing this pedal thing with his arms. He added to the atmosphere.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!