Although my primary business is that of wedding DJ, I am sometimes called to do other functions as well. Birthday parties make for a nice distraction. When I was contacted to do Arthur’s surprise party at the Continental Restaurant in Saugus, his daughter told me to wait until I met him — that he was really “something.”
Arthur IS something. Arthur was born two years after the war. He grew up, went to school and served his country during the next war. Arthur was honorably discharged, came home and finished his education, graduating college (Harvard). He met the girl of his dreams and got married. She and Arthur raised a family (a big one). He built a business, worked at it for decades, retired and now he spends a lot of time with his wife, his garden and his grandchildren, who are CLEARLY the light of his life. And this past weekend his family surprised him with a party that involved storytelling, many laughs and food (and I mean a lot of food — the family is Italian and Irish.)
And there was dancing. And Arthur kept right up with the kids and grandkids, showing them that he knew how to party.
Did I fail to mention that Arthur is 90 years old?
Five minutes with Arthur and you see immediately that he’s an interesting guy. I learned that his father was born in 1867 (just two years after the end of the American Civil War. How’s that for a little perspective?) Arthur told me that, when he was in high school, he would watch some of the kids in the neighborhood while their parents were working. At least one of those “kids” — now 69 years old — is still a family friend and was among the guests at the party. Arthur spoke glowingly of his family, including the newest grandchild who is just 10 months old. He grinned when he told me it was pretty special to be at a party where the age range of the people attending was almost a century.
You’re right Arthur — it was special. And I have no doubt whatsoever that the family will be planning another party ten years from now to celebrate your 100th birthday. And I would be thrilled to come out of retirement to be part of that one.
Cheers to you Arthur.