**Hooray!** My father turned 93 today. We had a small celebration with chocolates (of course) and coffee.

Last week, some local officials, dressed in traditional folkloric costumes, payed tribute to my Dad because he’s still one of the oldest inhabitants of the village. This is a regular annual tradition. Many happy returns!

Happy Birthday to you, Dad!

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

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Herman I can remember past birthdays of your Dad when the local officials came by – I just love that tradition – it’s super special – just like your Dad is! Ninety-three is a wonderful landmark….I hope your celebration with chocolate was fabulous. Happy Birthday to your Dad……….

Pam and Teddy too

Thank you so much, Pam!

Happy Birthday for your dad. He looks very good and happy. I whish you a nice Birthday celebratian. I hope Mr. Bowie doesn’t eat to much cake. Love Susanne 🙂

Thank you so much, Susanne!

I ate Mr. Bowie’s piece of the cake… He was too late! 😉

Happy Birthday to your father! That’s great the locals honor the oldest inhabitants. Nothing like that takes place around here that I know of. Chocolate and coffee is on secret to long life.

Thank you so much, my dear friend!

You are so right, Tim, about the chocolate and coffee… 🙂

Please convey my warmest Happy Birthday sentiments to your father!!

Thank you so much, my friend! I’ll show this post and your comment to my Dad tomorrow.

Thank you.

My pleasure!

What a blessed age. Happy birthday to your father!

Thank you very much, my friend!

Congratulations to your dad. What a wonderful milestone. We send best wishes for many more birthdays. He has to be a great guy, as he is a Pisces, just like our mom and dad. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

Thank you so much, my dear friends! Glad you liked this post!

Congratulations to your father!

Thank you very much, Christina!

And many more!

Oh yes…!! Thank you so much, Bernadette!

Diavolo and I send birthday greetings to your father. So wonderful about the local officials dropping by. I remember you mentioning it in a couple of past blogs.

Hi Misha! Glad you liked this post. Thank you so much for your kind comment!

My uncle will be 96 in July and no one from the local community comes to visit him. His kids and grand-kids show up though.

Wow! 96… That is so beautiful!

Wish your Dad ahappy birthday from me. I love that the village honrs him, here in America I think we are often too yoouth oriented. I admire your Dad because not only has he lived long but I think he has lived well. You can see it in his face, especially with the children.

Hi Angela! Glad you liked this post. Thank you so much for your kind comment. My Dad still lives on his own in a beautiful apartment. But we take good care of him… 🙂

Your Dad is my model for a good old age, like my dad who is 90 and also still in an apartment, His is in a complex specially designed for older people with common rooms and recreational places. In Amercia you have to drive everywhere. So they have a bus which takes them grocery shopping and to medical appointments.

Happy for you that your Dad still lives on his own in a specially designed complex. That is so beautiful.

Happy birthday to your father, what a lovely way to celebrate! 😃🎈🎉

Thank you so much for your kind comment, my friend!

Happy birthday for your dad !

Thank you so much, Christine! Merci bien!

Happy Birthday to your father, Herman! What a wonderful way to celebrate his birthday! All the cats and crew here send their best on this special day! Lots of espresso, chocolate and cat treats!

Hi Lavinia! Thank you so much for your kind comment, my dear friend. That is so beautiful! We had a lot of chocolates (and some leftovers for tomorrow too…). 😉

Happy birthday to your dad! 🎉🎉🎁🎂

Thank you so much, my dear Sarah!

Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday!

Happy Birthday to your Dad. You are blessed to still have him.

Thank you so much for your kind comment, my dear friend!

Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday!

I don’t even know him but I love your dad! Wishing him the happiest of birthdays and many more!

Hi Aimee! Thank you so much for your kind and heartwarming comment, my dear friend. That is so nice…!!

Bis hundert zwanzig!

Haha…!! Oh yes, thank you, my dear friend. My Dad says he’s going for 100 for sure…

Happy Birthday Dad! Such a fitting way to mark the passing of the year.

Thank you so much for your kind and lovely comment, my dear friend! Much appreciated!

Your dad has a lovely smile. Wish him happiness for the year to come from me!

Thank you very much for your kind comment, my friend! I’ll show my Dad this post and all the beautiful comments…

Oh! Happy birthday to him! So lucky you are you still have him near you!Enjoy it!

Thank you so much for your kind comment, my dear friend! Much appreciated!

Very Happy Birthday to your Dad! 😀

93 is a grand age. 🙂

Thank you so much for your kind comment, my dear friend! Dad said he’s going for 100 years…!! Guess he’s going to eat a lot of chocolates! 🙂

haha Chocolate is very good at keeping you going 😀

So true! It helps me to get through the winter (and summer too!)… 🙂

Chocolate is Life! 😀 (Well it is to me anyway! )

We fully agree… 🙂

Happy Birthday to your Dad from Finland!

Thank you so much for your kind wishes, my dear friend! I’m sure he’ll be impressed by all those worldwide comments…

Best wishes for many more! Happy Birthday to your Dad! (That’s a delightful custom in your town as a way of honoring those who manage

to outlast the rest of us!)

Hi Dough! Thank you so much for your wishes and kind comment. Much appreciated!

Brilliant, happy birthday to your Dad, he looks so happy too.

Best wishes

Charlotte

Hi Charlotte! Thank you so much for your kind comment and wishes! Much appreciated!

Happy birthday to your dad! Love the pictures!

Ps. I am working on redoing my blog – keep an eye out for it! 🐭

Thank you so much for your kind comment, my dear friend!

We’ll keep an eye out and looking forward to see your new blog…

Absolutely! 🐭

Happy Birthday to your dad. He certainly has the secrets to a long life. Having chocolate and coffee always helps (and are the secret additives). Very nice of your local officials to continue to recognize and honor your dad. 🙂

Hi David! Thank you so much for your kind comment. We had a great day (with lots of chocolate, of course) and my dad enjoyed the company of the youngest children in our family.

Another wonderful celebration for you dad and the family. It is so neat that the local officials come to celebrate him every year. Every year the kids get a little bigger and he still looks the same!

Thank you so much for your kind and heartwarming comment, my dear friend.

I was looking back to the older photographs of my Dad’s birthdays and yes… the kids are really growing up fast!

I’m so glad you were all able to celebrate his long and wonderful life. 😊

It was a wonderful day but Dad was very tired and glad the day was over… But he had a great time and enjoyed our company (and the chocolates!).

Of course, the chocolates……runs in the family!

Haha… so true! 🙂

Happy belated birthday to your dad Herman !!! what a wonderful tradition ! We hope dad enjoyed his day with loved ones; had a beer or two 🙂 and here’s two a year ahead filled with happiness and health ♥♥

Thank you so much for your kind and heartwarming comment, my dear friend! This really means a lot to me. My Dad enjoyed the company of his family and friends, especially the young ones.

PS: no beer, only coffee, wine and chocolates, lots of chocolates! 🙂

Una bellissima festa, per un compleanno importantissimo

Un saluto,silvia

Hi Silvia! Thank you so much for your kind comment!

Molto apprezzato! Grazie mille!

Happy belated birthday to your Dad!! 💕 🎂

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Robin!

Happy belated birthday to your dad, Herman! He’s looking very spry for his age. ❤

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Mary! I think he gets that look from chocolates and coffee… 😉

Happy belated to your Dad! I hope he had a fabulous birthday 😃

Hi Julie. Thank you so much for your kind comment. We had a great day, and lots of chocolate and cake!

Enjoy that’s also a lovely experience 💫☺️

Thank you so much, Hedy. Our family went through a hard and difficult time lately, so we enjoy and share these moments.

I understand sending joy light and peace 💫

Thank you, Hedy! 🙂

Happy Birthday to your father. 🙂

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Micheline! Much appreciated!

Well, bless his heart! I feel rather privileged to see you dear dad celebrate here year after year. 93 is a good number for sure but I hope there’s many more to share! Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met je vader! x B

Thank you so much for your kind comment, my dear Boomdee! We had a wonderful day and lots of chocolates (the secret for a long and healthy life).

Dad told me me he’s going for 100…!! 🙂

That would be awesome! ❤ I'm thinking chocolate and espresso is a youthful elixar 😀

So true, chocolate and espresso are the cornerstones for a long and healthy life… 🙂

Happy belated birthday to your father Herman!

Thank you very much, my dear Christine! So much appreciated!

God bless your Dad and hope he enjoys his years and the company of his family and sweet grandchildren. Sending love.

Thank you so much for your kind comment, my dear Inese!

Wishing you all the best!

Sending love to you all.

Thank you so much, Inese! Wishing you a wonderful and peaceful Sunday.

Mr. Bowie says “Meow!” and sends his regards!