Celebrate Boo!

We had a party last week… a BIG one! Boo (Daniel’s mother) turned 70. Fun was had by all. Memories were shared, songs sung, poems read. The girls and I made two HUGE cakes for the 42 guests in attendance. It was a GREAT party.. one we’ll all remember for a long time!

I didn’t realize when I married into the Jobe family that one must have poetry or song-writing skills to attend family birthdays. No one told me. It may have scared me away. However, I’ve acclimated and now know the routine. Big birthdays require an admission ticket… a song, poem, memory shared, skit or interpretive dance. There have not been many takers over the age of 5 on the dancing. Poems and songs about the guest of honor, on the other hand, are wildly popular and definitely an expectation. Boo’s 70th delivered… maybe with some of the most creative limericks and lyrics yet!

Anna and Mary have inherited the song-writing gene. While the adults were away at a luncheon with Boo (in which she received a distinguished alumni award from her college), these two gals humorously changed the words of “Two Is Better Than One” by Boys Like Girls to “Boo Is Better Than You!” This became the catch phrase of the evening as it was truly hilarious.

Bethany presented Boo with a framed Monet style painting she made in art class. She may have just added a new “party ticket” option. However, since I can’t paint, it won’t help me any!

Several friends read poems. Jean Hattle, Boo’s lifelong friend, read a very funny poem about their growing up together. I remember the last line was something like, “Every girl should have a friend like Boo.” Julie put in verse her memories of living close to her Aunt Boo in her early years of motherhood. We laughed at her subtle mentioning of her superior Boggle-playing skills. Mary Goforth read a letter to Boo. After the poetry reading, we sang the song Hadley sent, “Boo’s A Senior At Last.”

Boo’s boys definitely outdid themselves with “Life Begins At 70” sung to the tune of “I’ve Could’ve Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady. Stephen wrote the lyrics and sang, Daniel also sung, and Paul accompanied them with his sax. This was HARD, but so funny!

I’m glad no one told me about these parties 18 years ago. Writing songs and poems for birthday events would have been intimidating! However,  I am SO THANKFUL to be a part of this tradition. It provides a precious means of blessing the guest of honor. Our children have grown up with these poetry/song/ blessing parties. Excitedly, they want to participate. For weeks before the party, the birthday guest is thought of   – in rhyme or song and in our prayers as we ponder how we can express our appreciation thoughtfully and creatively. Instead of just visiting at the party, there is a “show!” We “build our loved one up” and everyone who listens benefits. (Ephesians 4:29) Memories are made.. and then read over and over and over.

I Thessalonians 5:11Encourage one another and build each other up.”

Happy Birthday, Boo! Boo is better than you! Every gal should have one! … And life begins at 70!

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3 Responses to “Celebrate Boo!”

  1. Boo Jobe Says:

    Wow!!! Grandall and I think you are very gifted at writing and creating these party memories!!!!

  2. Boo Jobe Says:

    Grandall and I think you are very gifted at writing and creating these birthday memories!!!!!

  3. Chachi Says:

    WOW!! It was a great party celebrating a GREAT gal! The memories and blessings linger!

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