When one gets to 100 years cards arrive from the Queen and the Prime Minister.
Great Grand children ( 10 ) and everyone else sing Happy Birthday very nicely. ( quite a few good singers in our family ! )
Of course lots of rellies wanted to get a photo of the candle blowing and the cake cutting.
This Uncle was one of 3 children, my Dad who died 17 years ago was his elder brother. their only younger sister died aged 55 so it can't be ALL in the genes one inherits.
Looking back into Family History I think the longevity might have come from his Great Grand Mother ( my Great Great ) called Harriet Humphrey who was born in 1847 and lived till 1941.
This lady was born in UK; married at St. Pancreas Church in Euston Road London in 1866
and 8 years later travelled with her husband and 4 young children, to New Zealand on the ship Euterpe. ( this ship is still afloat, now called the Star of India, in San Francisco harbour )
At the 100th Birthday luncheon their were 50 guest; relatives and some carers ( as Uncle is now mostly confined to a wheel chair, but still lives in his own home ) So guests spanning 3 younger generations.
This was a great Family get together. It was the first 100th Birthday Party I have attended. We were all given the prescription of how to get to 100 in a "Humorous speech, " by my Cousin.
Certainly something to aim for especially if ones mental faculties are all in tact.