My Dad's Fiftieth Birthday Essay

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Golden Pharaoh
AP English
Mrs. Sande
20 October 2010
My Dad’s 50th Birthday On the day of my dad’s fiftieth birthday celebration, my brother and I were delivering a poem about Dad. Standing on chairs in front of all the guests, we joked that “Dad is so jealous he wishes that he was as handsome as us when he was an adolescent.” Everyone luckily including Dad laughed. That often repeated statement among our family and friends will stay imbedded in my mind until I write the poem for his sixtieth birthday! This party was a typical Arabic celebration. Over fifth people came to celebrate my dad’s entry into “old age!” Most of them brought their Arabic traditions with them to the party. For example, there is always Arabic music
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If the adults would dance, then the kids would get out of their chairs and simply imitate the parents. At one point in the evening, I thought that I should alter this pattern; therefore, I grabbed my saxophone and my dad brought out his piano. We played a duet that caused both the children and the grownups to sit down and listen. This utterly shocked me because the adults actually were tapping their feet to the rhythm of the music. It was amazing that all generations were getting along so well and enjoying each other. Although most of the guests were of Arabic descent, there were a few white folks there who were intimidated by the celebration, particularly the dancing. Secretly we were laughing at them behind their backs, and we were making fun of them in Arabic. Suddenly my brother and I decided to get them up and participating. We forced them to dance the Dabke and to drink more of the wonderful red wine. This helped them become a better part of the celebration. At the close of the celebration, everyone took pleasure in making a toast for a specific reason such as being a great friend to my family or having a great partner in the hospital. At the end of the night, my dad and I realized something that was very significant: he will never in his life forget this night and that turning 50 wasn’t all that

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