Monday, February 11, 2008

Papa's Birthday

Papa is 50 today. He's getting old. Well, he's kind of a mischievious fellow, and he's definitely raised 4 mischeivious kids. And then I married a man who is much more adventurous than any of us. So, we decided to surprise him at midnight to celebrate his birthday. Keep in mind, midnight of February was 0 degrees with a windchill of -15. Yeah. Mama and Papa had been away with good friends for the past week -- relaxing and resting, and they had a dreadful drive home. But there was no mercy for Papa's 50 birthday. Dave had made a beautifully hillbilly sign. Seth had gathered the props. Aaron gave his blessing. Chava tried to convince us to take it too far (typical Chava :) ). I supervised and coordinated.

Seth calls me at 1142pm and tells me that Papa is still up. Yikes. He's old, why doesn't he sleep. Dave and I arrive at 1203am and Seth tells us that Papa just went up to bed. It'll be a miracle if he doesn't hear us. So we begin to set up. Gigantic sign in place, shovels/rakes/pitchforks all over the yard, and a teddy bear stabbed into the ground with a pitchfork. We couldn't find a stuffed groundhog, so it had to be a poor teddy bear. If you don't know about Papa, a pitchfork, and a groundhog -- ask him. It's a great story. Seth grabs the chain saw (to wake Papa up) and all of a sudden Papa is at the back door -- "What are you doing?" he asks. "Put some clothes on, it's your birthday!!!!" He smirks the Witt smirk, pleased as punch at his surprise. Dave goes inside the house and sets off the smoke alarms for effect, as Seth yells "Get out before you DIE." (another good story to ask Papa about) Mama comes running outside in a thin robe and sandals (yeah, we're so not convinced that she's not starting menopause) As Papa comes outside, Seth starts running around the yard revving the chainsaw. Mama and Papa are both laughing and smiling at their 'moronic kids.' A good time was had by all. So what did the sign say??? So glad you asked!!!

Papa is 50 today

Give a honk to say 'hey'

All glory to God

He's not in the sod!