Today we left Stavanger to head back to Oslo on Grandpa Tom’s 64th birthday! This trip has been an unbelievably incredible opportunity to connect as a family and connect to our Norwegian heritage. One thing my dad loves more than anything is his family especially his grandkids. Of course, the kids love their Grandpa Tom to the moon and back.
The picture above is of my parents at the BorgundStave Church, which connects to Husom via the Vindehellavegan part of the Kongevegan (King’s Road) that connected Oslo and Bergen. My family and I made the hike, while my dad and brothers’ took the scenic drive to Husom. It was marvelous to see my dad’s reaction to walking through his ancestral home.
Aside from my Norwegian good looks and razor sharp wit, I got my love of music from my dad. If you’re at their house ever, you know my dad loves his music and loves it super loud. He’s a huge Beatles fan and truly was the only thing missing from our Paul McCartney concert experience. His musical tastes run the gamut, but the Beatles are one of his absolute favorites and who can blame him. Nobody could harmonize or envision the combination of chords to form the harmonies like Lennon and McCartney.
In honor of my dad’s birthday, sing along to these fantastic hits from the Beatles. Two are from the concert we attended and one is quick snipped from Youtube in honor of Grandpa Tom’s 64th birthday.
“When I get older losing my hair,
Many years from now.
Will you still be sending me a Valentine
Birthday greetings bottle of wine.
If I’d been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door,
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I’m sixty-four”
Birthday performed by Paul McCartney:
Ob-la-di Ob-la-da performed by Sir Paul