Today was my godfather’s 60th birthday, and just the sort of event I’ve been missing while living in the States. Weddings, birthdays, family gatherings, I’ve missed plenty of stuff while away so it was nice to be able to attend my uncles surprise party.

As always there was plenty of food, alcohol, and laughs; even a few tears. Although I’m not sure if my uncles tears were due to our poor “Happy Birthday” singing, or because we all wished him another sixty years and he just can’t imagine it. My uncles six year old granddaughter drew up this birthday card for him with my uncle on the cover, but to me it looks just a little more like Freddie Mercury than my godfather.

Happy Birthday.