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Happy Birthday Pattie

January 10, 2017

One of the greatest things that ever happened to me was becoming an uncle. When I was 11, my first nephew David was born. I was over the moon. A year and a half later, my first niece Pattie was born. My Mother was so excited to have a grand-daughter who was named after her, Patricia Ann. Pattie and I were very close while she was growing up. I loved being an uncle. I enjoyed watching her grow up. Slowly this wonderful little person emerged. I have always enjoyed talking with her and letting her tell me anything she wanted.

One day I was walking down the street holding her hand and we began having a very real conversation. She was 5 now and she told me she didn't like having her birthday in January because it was too cold out and she didn't get to have a birthday party outside like her brothers who were both born in July got to do. This was certainly a job for Uncle Wally. I asked her if she would like to throw a party at home and have it in her beautiful downstairs toy room. She was thrilled at the idea. So off to Party Needs we went!

That first year, we decided on a "Mexican" theme. We completely transformed the room with colorful decoration and even a piñata of the number 6 hanging from the ceiling. The party was a hit. We continued to throw themed parties every year. One year was 'Hawaiian", the next year was a "Boat Cruise", "The 50's", "The Academy Awards" one year where "Ariel the Mermaid" showed up. One of our best years had the theme "Happy Birthday from Around the World" with a 50 dollar best costume prize. One little girl showed up early to the party in a complete geisha outfit. It was incredible! The decorations were the best we had ever done and we had delicious food from all different parts of the world.

We had so much fun throwing these parites. We finally topped ourselves when we rented a hall when Pattie turned 13 and had a "Mardi Gras" theme with gold, purple and green decorations. Now that my niece in in her 30's I look back at the great times we had and remember how fun it was to celebrate her birthday on a cold, sometimes snowy January day in Waltham Massachusetts.

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