Van harte gefeliciteerd, Wessel!

Wessel blows candles of birthday cake in 2008

Wessel blows candles of birthday cake in 2008

As faithful readers know, the Dutch go crazy for their birthdays. They congratulate not only the birthday boy/girl, but parents, siblings, and spouses. Wessel’s parents made their birthday call this morning from the Netherlands, bright and early, as always. :O They congratulated me as well. And now I must say, gefeliciteerd to you, too, familie Kok! Being someone who has always sought birthday attention (OK, fine, all attention), I love this Dutch tradition.

So each time there’s a birthday in our immediate Dutch family, Wessel and I do a blog posting with photos. Now the sad thing is this: I wanted this post to surprise Wessel, but he’s the photo editor. So, my dear partner in life, you’re going to have to later add your favorite photos to this. Sorry!

Maroccan medley, the 2008 birthday dinner

Moroccan Medley, the 2008 birthday dinner

This year Wessel and I decided to gift ourselves folding bicycles for our birthdays (mine was last month.) So we are still in the process of shopping around. We’re mostly fixating on Bike Friday, arguably the best folding bike maker but of course also the most expensive. I’m looking forward to the end of the shopping process and the purchase of our bikes!

Diane prepares Fish in a bag, the 2007 birtday special

Diane prepares Fish in a Bag, the 2007 birthday special

As usual, I’ll be making birthday dinner for Wessel. It’s a major production, especially since I have to do a practice run each year. Here’s the lineup since we’ve lived together: Brunswick Stew, Chicken Pudding, Roast, Fish in a Bag (from “Seasoned in the South” ), Moroccan Medley (thanks to Barry Yeoman), and, this year, the sixth, he again requested vegetarian. I finally decided on Moosewood’s Risotto with Spinach and Artichokes (I’m throwing in mushrooms too), as well as some side dishes, natch, and a cake (not sure which one yet) with 45 candles.

Dear Wessel, here are 17 things I love about you:

Your genuine kindness and concern for all living creatures, including humans.
Your photo skills, from execution to organization.
Your sense of humor, including bad puns and jokes.
Your firm buttocks and shapely calves.
Your physical fitness.
Your ability to change bicycle tires much quicker than I can.
Your command of several languages.
Your healthy appetite.
Your intellectual and constant thirst for knowledge.
Your affection for your annoying cat and your care for my dogs that you could easily live without.
Your willingness to fairly divide chores.
Your total, unwavering support of me.
Your many sides.
Your adventurousness.
Your honesty.
Your willingness to be vulnerable.
Your undying love for me.

xo,

your adoring wife

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8 Responses to “Van harte gefeliciteerd, Wessel!”

  1. Dean Says:

    gefeliciteerd, Wessel!
    I’m not quite family, but Krispy’s pretty close.
    so hope it’s a great one, whether Dutch or English.
    and the cake better be chocolate, eh?
    Cheers, and best wishes for many more!
    Dean.

    • didaniel Says:

      Thanks Dean! I’m thinking of making TWO cakes! One will be Pusa’s famous chocolate cake, that I know you’ve had several times, and the other is a surprise. But it’s an ingredient you use in truffles. Care to guess?

  2. Dean Says:

    two cakes for two people is pretty impressive!
    and Pusa’s is a good place to start.
    so if it’s a surprise, I shouldn’t be guessing correct or you shouldn’t be answering here, in case the birthday boy is watching. but with so many flavors, it’s hard to know what you might be doing. randomly I’ll pick maple. would certainly make for an excellent cake of some sort.
    have a great time!
    Dean.

  3. didaniel Says:

    Good point, but he’ll figure it out soon enough. It’s not maple. Think … tropical (sort of) or Southern (more like it). It’s not just for us. We’re having three adults and two teens over for dinner tomorrow night.

  4. karel Says:

    Lucky you, to have a husband like Wessel is. You were talking about Sarah. But be prepared, in just a handful of years he might be aware of Abraham. So carefully handling is recommandable.

  5. didaniel Says:

    For those of you going, “huh,” Sarah and Abraham are the names attached to one’s 50th birthday in the Netherlands. Sarah has already visited me, but Wessel still has five years to go!

  6. boldlygosolo Says:

    Happy birthday, Wessel! All the best,
    Ellen

  7. alice Says:

    Van harte gefeliciteerd, Wessel!
    Groetjes,
    Alice, Greg, Olivia

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