1 Apr


Considering today is Papa Irv’s birthday, I thought it would be the perfect time to write his “People That I Love” post- because I really love him.

It was only a few years ago that Irv waltzed into my life and I am so damn thankful he did. He has been a HUGE, DELIGHTFUL and unexpected addition to my life. I’ll never forget when my mother told me she had “met somebody special”. I was floored. She had been single for a long time (I don’t mean it like that. She’s a hot number but she’s very picky) and I wasn’t sure if she would find love again. To tell you the truth, she didn’t seem all that interested in it either.

But, as always, the universe likes to surprise you when you least expect it.

I’ll make the story quick. My mom stopped at her neighborhood coffee shop to grab a latte and ran into her friend Susan. Susan happened to be having coffee with Irv. Irv and my mother were introduced and after they all said their hello’s she excused herself and Irv said to Susan, who is SHE?! Is she single? And…I love her haircut. He loved her haircut?! This always crakes me up! It’s just so Irv to notice her haircut. He’s a man of details.

It wasn’t long after that meeting that they fell in love, moved in together, got married and I garnered myself a new parental unit (at 28). Irv and I have developed an incredibly strong bond in a very short time. I feel like he’s been around forever and now can’t fathom him not being in my life. I don’t know what I would do without him! He always shows up for me no matter what I need.

He loves fine things, ceramic bowls, gourmet food, ironed sheets, football, my mother and tequila. He’s one of the most direct and honest people I have ever met and I value his point of view. He gives brilliant advice- it doesn’t matter what the subject is- relationships, money, business, how to roast a chicken or laundry- Irv’s your man.

Irv was the missing link in our family unit that I didn’t know was missing- when he came in our lives everything clicked. The way he loves and supports my mother, my brother and me is a gift. We all got very lucky that day Irv noticed my mom’s great haircut.

I love you Papa Irv.

Happy Birthday!!!!!


9 Responses to “98”

  1. barbarapotter April 1, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Another great post. So funny this reminds me so much of my situation. Took a job at Beverly Hills Ford in 1997 out of desperation because I could no longer be near the fabrics that I used in my design business and Jack was there and was my boss (for a few weeks only haha.) He said he was so nervous when he had to train me that he could not talk. We fell in love right away and got married in 2000. Jen & Rachel feel the exact same way about him. It is like their story too. They are very much alike. So connected. Happy Birthday Irv.

    • katemcclafferty April 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

      Barbara, what a beautiful story!!!! I love love love learning more about your life:)

  2. darlynschimmel April 1, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    He is great because he is from Kansas City and so was my mother’s family. I spent much time there. Lived there off and on.. Just came back yesterday from visiting my cousins. KC breeds good people…

  3. Campbell Whitman April 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    This is just wonderful! I love how important people come when you sometimes least expect it and over something as simple as a haircut and a “feeling.” I think you are a very luck gal to have this, and I will also say that a man with an attention to detail is a VERY rare thing! I am happy for your mother & you, as well as myself to be lucky enough to spend a lifetime with one as well.

  4. fivereflections April 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Happy Birthday- Papa Irv

    From Maine

    • katemcclafferty April 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

      That’s very kind of you David!
      Hope you are happy and well:)


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