Milestone birthdays are not only a great way to celebrate life, love, family and friends, but they're also a great time for reflection. A reflection on a life well spent.
There is no doubt that Dad is creating an amazing legacy.
During our day-to-day existence it's easy to take for granted what the people around us do as part of their every day. But a milestone birthday gives us the chance to put a person's life in review.
My kids, for example, didn't really know half of who Pop was until they got to see the summary which was displayed at the party on Saturday night.
The walls were covered in photos labelled by year from Dad's childhood right through to this milestone event.
His days in the army, horse riding, politics, volunteer work, world travel. All of it displayed from black and white, to blazing colour, with all the fading tones in between.
Even I had forgotten just how much my dad has done. As I jotted down a few notes for my speech on Saturday morning I though "shit, this guys has climbed mountains" (literally). How do we not acknowledge that more?
Whether he's building fences, renovating his house, landscaping my back yard, or building a cyclone proof community centre in a remote area of the Solomon Islands or putting in a water system for a village on Manus Island. He's always building.
Whether he's climbing Machu Picchu, trekking through the Amazon Jungle, rafting through Thailand, walking around Vietnam, boating through Laos or checking out the Great Wall of China. He's always exploring.
Whether he's running for politics, writing a newspaper column, on the hospital board, as President of Rotary or actively assisting war widows with Legacy. He's always involved.
Whether he's helping to skill the unemployed, on the Anti-Drug Committee, mentoring young achievers, or raising money. He's always helping.
Sometimes he falls asleep in the middle of a party, or a wedding, or a really expensive stage production, but that's OK, he deserves the nap.
I loved that we got to acknowledge Dad on his 70th birthday while he's still active and being all the things he's always been.
Too often we wait until a person can't do those things anymore before we reflect with sadness on what had been.
Don't wait to celebrate a person's existence.
Celebrate people now while they're still able to enjoy the experience.
Happy 70th birthday Dad!