S: Patti | 70 Things We Love About You
BC: "Family is God's gift to you, as you are to them." — Bishop Desmond Tutu
FC: Patti | 70 Things We Love About You
1: 1. You remember EVERYBODY'S birthday. 2. You give the best presents. 3. Your love of family. 4. Your kindness and generosity. 5. You live life to the fullest. | 70 Things We Love About You
2: 6. Visiting your apartment is like visiting a foreign country. 7. We were difficult when you babysat us once, but you loved us anyway. 8. You will climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty. 9. Back in the '80s, you rented a cool Camaro to drive into Sea Island. 10. The consideration you show everyone. 11. Your chocolate chocolate brownies.
3: 12. Best. Godmother. Ever. 13. Weekend visits — fish sticks and bridge! 14. The story you tell about Shaun's first visit to NYC. 15. You always send a postcard when you travel. 16. Your grace. 17. You still watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on TV.
4: 18. Your classic vintage greeting cards. 19. You tell really great stories about your siblings. 20. Especially the story about hide-and-seek with Jim, when you were in the closet for 4 hours. (Or was it 5 hours?) 21. And the one about driving Joy's moving van back to Newark. 22. The image of you walking at age 8 with Helen O'Reagan to St. Ignatius Church with prayer books bigger than you both were — 2 future nuns!
5: 23. You're a native New Yorker. 24. Visits with you to the museums. 25. "Fabulous" street shopping. 26. Taking me to see "Evita" and "ET" and so many other Broadway shows. 27. Sharing Sacred Heart with you. 28. You took us to FAO Schwarz. 29. You always kept Chipwiches in your freezer in New York.
6: 30. Family is so important to you. 31. You invite us to the St. Patrick's Day party at St. Andrew's. 32. Your name, because it was passed down (Patricia #1, #2, #3, #4).
7: 33. You like to take family trips. 34. You know things about Barbara Walters. 35. Your pet dog. 36. When you come over for dinner — you bring dinner! | 37. The fact that you love and serve God above all. 38. You are someone I will always look up to. 39. The treats you deliver to us (mmmmmmm). 40. You never use profanity (I don't know how the #@*&^! you do it).
8: 41. You are unflappable. 42. You took me to Sea Island when I was 5. After a few days, when I was really missing my family, you went home early with me. 43. You took me to see "Lion King," "Jersey Boys" and other awesome shows. 44. You are good at cuddling. 45. You rock at playing the Wii.
9: 46. Summers with you at Sea Island and Westhampton Beach. 47. Watching movies with you is so much fun. 48. You're the best ambassador for the Irish. 49. When I was a kid, you reminded me of Mary Tyler Moore. 50. You always pray for us.
10: 51. You have a sense of adventure. 52. Proof: You go on those BT mission trips.
11: 53. You show interest in what we do, and you support us, in person or in spirit. 54. (And when some of us play against Blessed Trinity, you cheer for us, not them.)
12: 55. You're always there for us. 56. (And so is the dish of candy in your apartment.)
13: 57. You're always in fashion. 58. You also happen to be a savvy traveler.
14: 59. Serendipity!
15: 60. Your arches (the highest ever!) 61. You took us to the movies on Thanksgiving Day (Subway, too!). 62. You have a contagious laugh.
16: 63. Treat-filled Easter eggs. 64. You put candy canes on your Christmas tree. 65. You always have treats (Krispy Kreme, ice cream). 66. You make the best cakes.
17: 67. Your story about meeting Jackie Onassis. 68. You spend Monday nights preparing second graders for Holy Communion. 69. You have a way with words.
18: 70. You are one of a kind.
19: With love on your 70th birthday, Jim, Winx, Wendy, Thomas, Scout, Peter, Jenifer, Shaun, Paige, Kevin, Winnie, Megan, Willie, Callie, Connor, Michael, Sara, Audrey, Jordan, Moira, Frank, Jack, Shaun, Patricia, Jim, Leonie, Jake, Mason, Kristi, Emma, Grace, & Annabel.