The staff had set the room up lovely for us. This is the bar where the residents can go and have a drink if they want to and where they hold their quiz nights etc. They'd put banners up and set the tables with cloths, glasses, napkins and vases of flowers. The weather was gorgeous so we were able to open the doors onto the patio as well.
It wasn't long before Joan spotted the big chocolate cake and asked for a piece, so we sang 'Happy Birthday' pretty much as soon as Tom arrived. Even though I'd only put 10 candles on he struggled to blow them out so Mark had to help.
When everybody had gone he said to Mark "the best bit of the day was seeing Joan". If you knew Tom you'd know those few words are a true declaration of love.
The whole thing lasted about 3 hours and by the end of it he was shattered. He's been feeling a bit out of sorts for a few days now and his breathing seems to be more laboured lately.
Anyway, today was much quieter for him. Just Mark and myself popped up to see him and he seemed quite at home sat in his chair watching TV surrounded by all his presents and cards that he'd been given.
Another good memory for Number 38's blog diary.