29 January 2012

#6 Of What Makes Me Smile

Last week, my step-sis called to tell me that there was going to be a surprise 80th birthday party for my step-dad (her father).  I wasn't sure if I would attend as I already had something planned.  Anyway, as is my habit, I didn't say NO straightaway.

Thinking more about it, I decided that this was going to be a "MUST" attend because I love my step-dad, Peter Chang very much.  He came into our lives when all of us were already grown up and he took his time to win us over.  Dad, as I have called him since so long ago, has always been my confidant.  I can ask him and tell him anything.  He would always have the right advice and suggestions for everything.  I have spent hundreds of weekends walking, shopping, talking and eating with him.  He would faithfully wait while I browsed through clothes, shoes, bags, books or whatever.  We would go check out exhibitions and events together.  Once or twice, he was my date for an official function.

The funniest story I have of us is the time when we were having lunch in a restaurant.  Someone I knew from my school days was also there with his wife and family.  He looked at me, I looked at him and suddenly we recognised each other.  He walked over to our table and I introduced him to my Dad.  He looked at Peter, who is of Chinese descent, then at me and chuckled, "Oh boy, he sure has changed!".  I burst out laughing.  Often, I forget that Dad is my step-dad when I make introductions.  He is so much of a father to me.

Dad before cutting his cake!

For this reason, I am glad that I didn't give in to the temptation of being my usual anti-social self.  Duty is a very personal thing and I did feel duty-bound to be part of his birthday celebration.

He will turn 80 on 13 February 2012.  I understand that he will be the first of his siblings to reach this age.  It is truly and honour to have him in our family.  I am so grateful that he is a part of my life.

After the party, he told me that the surprise celebration was the most memorable night in his entire life.

Credit goes to his three wonderful children, Susan, Ann and Gerarde for getting almost all of the family together and organising such a lovely dinner.  Here is a picture of everyone taken after last night's dinner, all looking radiant and happy.  The "Birthday Boy and Guest of Honour" in that moment, with a look of complete and utter satisfaction.

The beautiful family members


Pat said...

Your step-dad looks amazing for 80, Lita! Is 80 the new 60?!

Please wish him 'happy birthday' for me, ya?

Antares said...

A most distinguished looking fellow, your stepfather Peter, and he looks very kind too. Well done, Lita! Families will be families - they can be exasperating... but would anyone choose to be entirely without one?

Small Kucing said...

Your step dad sure looks very young. Love the family photo

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Your step-dad looks a fit and steady octogenarian. Family togetherness is itself a huge celebration.

Take Note Take Heart said...


I don't think so.

If you are, then you'll 'anti' me. 8P

STEEST said...

Pat, He does look great despite a heart attack 6 years ago. Just shows that if you watch your diet and exercise, it will help!


STEEST said...

Antares, Yes, he is distinguished in looks and character. I am truly blessed to have him in my life. ;)

STEEST said...

Small Kucing, He does, doesn't he? I will tell him about these comments. Maybe I will even let him read what I wrote. I am sure he will be surprised and pleased. ;)

STEEST said...

Keats!!! The perfect word for him. He is an octogenarian. I must remember to tell him the word when I see him. Thank you for the reminder. :)

STEEST said...

Take Note Take Heart, Hahahaha you got me there. :)