This year will be the first without the guest of honor. My Dad passed away in May and we are still grieving his loss. Like many others in the family, though, we had already booked our holidays well in advance, so the annual trip to Saskatchewan will go forward. We talked at his funeral about keeping the tradition alive, but only time will tell if it happens.
In the mean time, here's to a great family get together and a tribute to two great people in my life, Freddie (my dad) and Lydia (my daughter). Happy birthday to both of you, whether you're with us in body or just in spirit.