I flew to brisbane recently for my dad's 80th surprise birthday party. it was a great evening, although I spent the evening try to talk to old folks who couldn't see or hear me properly!
my dad was head of dairying and then fisheries for the queensland government (has an O.A.M.) and has been involved in running the same church family camp every summer for about 25 years. you can imagine that there were lots of good things said about him and a few funny stories told.
it's good to be able to see your parents through their friends eyes and be impressed...
good to see some of the relly's too. I sat with my younger brother, nieces and nephew at the kids end of the table and had a great time.