Hooray! Today, 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. My father turned 94 a few days ago. As always, we had a small celebration with chocolates (of course) and coffee. Many happy returns, Dad!

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


102 responses

  1. Happy Birthday to your dad! I enjoy reading about his birthday every year, and about how the local officials honor him in such a wonderful way. Enjoy the celebration.

  2. Herman I always love hearing that this wonderful tradition is continuing in your Dad’s village…..what a lovely way to acknowledge a long-standing member of the community! Your Dad looks great – he ALWAYS does. May be have many more years of receiving these annual visits…… πŸ™‚

    Hugs to him and you!

  3. I am glad your Dad is so appreciated and that he had a good birthday. I am a big fan of your Dad. My Dad is 91 and I know how precious those birthdays are.

    • Hi Angela. Thank you so much for your kind comment. We are both very lucky with our fathers. I cherish all the time we spent together.

    • Hi Tish. Thank you so much for your kind comment. My Dad is in a very good health and condition, and just like me, he loves chocolates and coffee!

  4. Well, thanks to Google translate, I can send this greeting to your father (I hope coherent and correctly translated…!) – Fijne verjaardag en gefeliciteerd met je 94e verjaardag!

    • Hi Doug. Your translation was correct! Thank you so much for your kind and heartwarming comment! I’ll show it to my Dad.
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

      • Good! One never knows with Goiogle Translate. It seems to translate European languges from one to another in pretty good order, but a Chinese friend said he laughed when he read what it did when translating from English to Mandarin!

        • Google Translate is a very handy tool. But like you said, sometimes you can get a funny or weird translation. I remember a CEO at work who used it to translate his speech to Dutch and made the audience laugh a couple of times…

          • Having asked a Dutch friend to pronounce her last name (“Gysen”) so I could learn how accurately I spoke it, I can imagine just the pronounciation of Dutch by no Dutch-speaking people is a hoot! I concluded her name was unpronounceable by me. And I thought getting that German sound for umlauted “u” was a chore! LOL!

            • Haha… it’s always funny to hear foreign people trying to speak a local language. But I respect their effort.

              • It’s well known outside of Dutch-speaking areas (i.e. “The World”! LOL!) that Dutch is unpronounceable! I bet it is fun hearing non-native speakers attempting to disprove the common knowledge. I bet you can even guess correctly where the person if from by how they mispronounce Dutch, eh? Oh well.

                  • The world would be full of people with tongues tied in knots if we spoke Dutch as a second langiuage, eh?! When I listen to spoken Dutch, it has a soft, pleasant sound, yet I can’t duplicate that sound without a shot of whisky, hypnosis, and an exorcist. LOL!

    • Thank you so much for your kind and heartwarming comment!
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day, my friend!

  5. A belated Happy Birthday to your father, Herman! I am glad that you are able to spend this precious time together. All our best to you and your Dad, and Mr. Bowie from all of us here.

    • Hi Lavinia. Thank you so much for your kind and heartwarming comment. I’ll give your regards to my Dad this evening.

      Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

        • Glad you’re all OK, Lavinia!
          Mr. Bowie’s enjoying the first warm spring days outside in the garden. Meanwhile, painters have started to redecorate all my rooms and the outside doors and windows. They will be busy for 8 weeks. Maybe I will write a post about it.

    • Hi Julie. Thank you so much for your kind comment! Glad you liked the photo.
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  6. Belated birthday greetings to your dad, Herman. So nice of your town to have recognized him over successive years. It has to be the duty</em the town officials enjoy the most.

    Also, our best greetings from SoCal. πŸ™‚

  7. What a special day! Many happy returns to your Dad, Herman! When people care of each other, when there is chocolate and coffee to enjoy, the life is worth living πŸ™‚
    Wishing you all a happy April!

    • Merci bien! Thank you so much for your kind comment!
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day! Profiter de la journΓ©e!

  8. Honestly dear friend, I look forward to this post each year! You’re so blessed to have your dad with you. Happy, Happy 94th to you sir, have a blessed year with good health and happy times! I’m sure Mr Bowie showered Opa with lot’s of love too xK

    • Hi Boomdee. Thank you so much for your warm and kind comment! Glad you liked this post. My Dad sends his regards and says ‘Hello!’

      Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, my dear friend!

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment! Yes, Mr. Bowie got an extra treat that day, just like we had extra chocolates… πŸ˜‰
      Hope you’re having a great Sunday!

    • Thank you very much, Michael. My Dad sends his regards!
      Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

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