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St. Patrick’s Day 2013

Posted Mar 24 2013 5:17pm

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE

St. Patrick’s Day is my birthday. This St. Patricks’s day was my 75th birthday.

A little background has to be presented before I talk about the phenomenal birthday party my wife Cecelia threw for me in the Eilan Hotel Resort and Spa in San Antonio.

When I was three years old my mother took me to the New York City Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade. She sewed a kelly green jump suit for me to wear.

When we got to the Parade she told me all those people were marching to celebrate my birthday. This happened every year until I was six. I finally caught on.

She celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with me  the rest of her life. After I moved out of the house she would call at 6.30 am every St. Patrick’s Day and sing Happy Birthday to me.

My sister-in-law took over after my mother’s death. I get a chill up my spine every time Cindy does it. She never misses a beat.

Cecelia sent me this as a little extra birthday present.

"Stan,

I helped fund Doug and Telisha's new CD with a donation through Kickstarter.

Here it is, FOR YOU, their personal video. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! "

"Hi Cecelia,


Here is a link to Stanley's special video telegram:

 

Sincerely,

Telisha"

I started my practice of Clinical Endocrinology in the summer of 1970. At the beginning of March 1971 I bought a kelly green wool blazer to wear while seeing patients on my birthday. If March 17th landed on a Sunday I carried out the ritual on Monday. If it landed on Saturday I wore my jacket on Friday.

It was lots of fun. After a few years the same patients made an appointment to see me on my birthday.

After a while more people than I could see in one day wanted an appointment on that day. Some of the people made appointment a year in advance so they would have the slot.

I think they had more fun than I had. Patients started bringing me St. Patrick’s Day clothing. They brought in green ties, sweaters, vests, leprechaun shoes and hats of all shapes and sizes.

I had so much stuff and so many patients that wanted to have an appointment on my birthday that I extended the celebration to two days and started wearing a different costume each day.

My birthday has been a glorious day. This year Cecelia wrote to her entire email list and asked them to say something about me. She has not given the album to me yet because she has not finished it and the notes keep coming in.

She said many of the notes made her cry and she is sure they will make me cry.

Brad put his note to me in his blog. It made me cry. I remember all of it.

Cecelia and I drove down to San Antonio on Wednesday March 13th. We thought it would be fun to drive. It was a mistake. I-35 is still a mess between Waco and San Antonio after all these years.

I would be remiss if I did not put some of my outfits into this blog.

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Arriving at Eilan Hotel Resort and Spa


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 I wore this soccer shirt to dinner at La Fonda with Brad and Amy.

 Thursday Daniel, Laura and Sabrina arrived. We explored the new end of the Riverwalk before dinner. 

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Doesn't Daniel look great? 

 

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Dinner was wonderful at Il Sogno Tratoria at the Pearl Brewery 

 

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Friday's Outfit

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 Charlie and Cindy arrive.

 

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Dinner at Boudros on the Riverwalk

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All dessed up for Saturday  

 

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They dyed the San Antonio River green for my birthday.

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They did it in Chicago,too. My birthday is a great day.

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My fabulous and beautiful wife and I before dinner at Sustenio at the Eilan Hotel

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Brad, Amy and I before the birthday dinner.

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My cake. Do not let the green fool you. It is solid chocolate

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Brad, Stan and Dan with the most wonderful person in my world, Cecelia.

 

I wish to thank Cecelia publicly for creating this fabulous weekend. 

I love you

 

Stan

The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” are, mine and mine alone.



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