Happy diamond birthday, Dad! PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 June 2014 00:00

My Dad, Danilo or Danny Corteza Sr., celebrated his 75th or diamond year last Thursday, June of 26, with a simple party in one of the newly opened restaurants in our city. Though it is a quarter of century of his life on earth, a big feat, we decided to have an enjoyable dinner only among us only – my Mom, brother, sister-in-law, and grandchildren. My wife is out of town. My other two siblings are in the USA. Nevertheless, they called and greeted him.
We do hope to have another great family adventure reunion next time just like December of 2013 during his golden wedding anniversary.

At this point of my parent’s life, they do cherish moments of togetherness. "Engrande" (big) celebration gives them stress and tensions – whom to invite, they might miss someone, and of course, budget (they don’t want to burden us with the big cost). They rather have the money spend on things they like to do together nowadays. They enjoy making surprise visits to relatives, friends, walking with our dog Bieber in a park, gardening, and eating once a week as husband and wife in different eating places. Mom prefers to stay at home and be with him always.

Early in the morning that day, Mom sang a birthday song for Dad before they had breakfast and repeated it again during lunch. Mom gleefully told me they sang duet and were very happy. When the Myrna’s birthday cake I brought to Dad past lunch time, they did it again. I felt the happiness glow that very moment which I never saw in their past birthdays as a couple. Dad was also happy with the birthday balloon from By Gems Party Kingdom I gave him. Simple as it is but he said he felt good like a happy kid.

To our relatives and Dad’s friends, you can still call him and belatedly greet him. I am sure he will be delighted to see and hear your voice. For now, we’re giving more space to the old lovers.

By Dante Corteza

FIFTH COMMANDMENT.  Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
Warning. Proverbs 20:20 “If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.”