Before I became an orphan, my parents told me, once a year, how it had been for them the day I was born.

Now I am doing the same. I told Pádraig what it had been like for me, the day he was born.

It was one of the happiest days in my life.

31 years ago.

The weekend of celebrations started on Friday in An Saol.

There was the most beautiful chocolate cake.

There was great song.

And there were some fine birthday gadgets. No birthday should be without them.

It was a great occasion not just for Pádraig, but for all in the Centre.

There are days that are just nice. They are different and they stick out of the ordinary. And Friday was one of these days.

It was so special because there was a bond between the people who were distanced together. A special kind of love and understanding.

It was made possible because people went out of their way to make it special. They got decorations, the hats and the “Tröten”, the cake and some very nice presents.

Pádraig was so happy. And with him all around him.

There were presents this morning when he woke up. A few hours later a beautiful home made cake arrived. A brunch with the family in the garden, relaxed, chilled, and easy going went on into the afternoon. Even in the evening it was warm enough to have dinner.

I am sure Pádraig can’t wait to see his friends again today, distanced together.

The life.

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you