Nov 28 2011
Alf turned 37 yesterday, and I’d bookmarked this page months ago anticipating that I wouldn’t have time for birthday planning. But two weeks ago I saw this, was totally blown away and decided I had to do more!
And so it was time to rope in Ron, as always. In a two-hour coffee session, we came up with a theme and made a list of things we felt Alf needed:
On Friday night, Alf received his surprises. All 37 of them! He was a bit sniffly—overcome by allergies, not emotion—but still loving our mostly handmade goodies:
Here’s some of what he got:
# DIY postcards from family and friends. (The original idea featured 25 postcards that would form a poster with a birthday message, but that would’ve been a nightmare to coordinate!)
# Another postcard to boost his ego!
# A gardening starter kit.
# A quote to decipher. Can you guess what it means? (The bottles are clues!)
# Because every birthday boy needs a break: Excuse cards for his bad habits!
# The solution to one of Alf’s pet peeves: Photos don’t do him justice, apparently. By Ron.
Happy birthday Alf, but don’t get your hopes up for next year: It’s one present a year from now on.