Crossing Over

Some how they all knew HE loved DONUTS!!!
The prize-winning idea for the party
was a towering/tilting/tipsy-turvy
DONUT BIRTHDAY CAKE !!! crowned with sparkler candles!
All in celebration of HIS turning
oh, no, no
40!
The BIRTHDAY BOY knew there was a family gathering,
but was a bit surprised by the extent of the
guest list.
SURPRISE~~SURPRISE
Whoa what is the GIGANTIC 40 balloon doing here?
Hugs and Loves from Sandi, Emily and Adam.
They had pulled it off, a SURPRISE PARTY!

Family members, work associates, friends from the Past and the Present

gathered for a GRAND CELEBRATION!

It is common knowledge that PEOPLE love to go to parties to enjoy
something FABULOUS to EAT !
Certainly no one could have been disappointed
when they saw the table laden with.....

homemade SUGAR COOKIES to die for, tiered chocolate fountain

with mounds of fresh fruit for dipping

pastry ring (in homage to Santa Lucia Day tradition)

brownies, more cookies and bowls of candy.

The BIRTHDAY BOY was delighted with the dazzling, daring

Donut Birthday Cake!

Now to get those candles blown out

so the the EATING could COMMENCE!!!

HE just knew he could do IT! After all someone had miscounted

and there weren't 40 candles!

What's THIS???

Okay, who was the trickster and put

SPARKLERS on??????

Sandi, you pulled it off SISTER!!!!!!

Regretfully, our BIRTHDAY BOY didn't have HIS siblings joining in the celebration
they were scattered to the FAR winds of
Chicago, Charlotte, Baltimore and Singapore.
However these siblings are pretty SNEAKY,
if they couldn't celebrate in PERSON,
they would be present in THOUGHT and DEED.
Posing like hidden ELVES, photos of the siblings and their families were propped on
mantels, table tops~~anywhere they could "light"
and keep an eye on the frivolities of the evening.
The GUESTS between plates of SWEETS wished the BIRTHDAY BOY the best of life
in the NEXT 40 years!
Now secrets are still secreted and little did the BIRTHDAY BOY know that a
"ROAST" was on the WAY.....and not as in Roast Beef!
HIS mother started the evening by sharing a few stories
the BIRTHDAY BOY just might have forgotten on HIS climb to 40;
like the wrapped raw egg drop contest he WON when a
CUB SCOUT;
the very very sneaky trips behind the propane tank to eat
HOSTESS Cupcakes, Snowballs and Twinkies;
the MIRACLE of birth at 2.2 pounds;
dressing in German lederhosen and singing songs from
The Sound of Music;
yes, the MOTHER did a good job of sharing stories.
But remember those hidden ELVES?
Well, they had written MAGICAL LETTERS
to the BIRTHDAY BOY
sharing their fondest memories.
The "cat was let out of the bag" on a few stories...
but mostly they were
TRIBUTES
of LOVE for their BROTHER
and ADMIRATION for the way HE has LIVED HIS LIFE
HONESTY~INTEGRITY~HONOR~
COMPASSION~CHEERFULNESS~HUMOR~
LOVE~FAITH~ENDURANCE
It wasn't just hidden elves who spoke words of love and admiration, Sandi, Claudann, friends and other family members spoke with love for a very fine human being with a HUGE HEART.
"Crossing the Line"
isn't so difficult when
you have cheerleaders on either side of the fence.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
CHRISTOPHER

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