My father was dreading reaching the age of 40, because of all the over the hill jokes that he had heard from various people. People would come up to him and tell him that he’s almost over the hill and that we would officially become an old man. In order to make him feel younger and less melancholy about becoming 40, I rented a Toronto party bus by Platinum for his birthday. The party would take place on the bus, rather than at home.
The jokes had gotten to my father so much that he almost wanted to cancel his entire birthday. He just wanted to pretend the entire day didn’t exist and wanted to sit in bed all day. He didn’t realize that by shutting himself off from everyone by sitting in bed and being grumpy, he was essentially behaving exactly like the thing he didn’t want to be, which was an old man. I talked to my father and convinced him to put on his clothes and come outside with me. When he saw the party bus, he wasn’t sure what to make of it. He didn’t know what I had planned for him, but he was curious enough to find out.
Once my father was on the bus, he was a different person. He was no longer worried about being 40 and simply wanted to have a good time. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen him do any kind of dancing, but he was able to do it on the bus. He looked silly, but he didn’t care, because he was having fun. The party continued for hours, and when we made it back home, my father was out of energy and ready to go to sleep. Before heading off to bed, he thanked me for making him happy again.