Thursday, January 21, 2010

Happy Birthday, Tom

Born January 21, 1985 -- the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday, as I recall, delivered with a broken collar bone because he was too broad-shouldered to make his entrance otherwise. A few recollections:
  • His bond with his dog, Frank, who slept across the threshhold of his bedroom door, guarding him.
  • His love of trees and climbing. He cried when the tree in his front yard had to be cut down. He agreed to the move to El Dorado Hills on the condition he could have a tree house.
  • Legos, Legos, Legos and trains, trains, trains!
  • His early drawings of buildings -- skyscrapers with lots of windows and stairs.
  • The way he ran with his arm held out, slighty behind him, bent at the elbow, as though it was propelling him.
  • Years of ski trips
  • Being elected school president for his track the first year in El Dorado Hills
  • Getting "The Right Stuff" award at Space Camp
  • Traveling to England and France with me when he was 14
  • His fascination with government in high school
  • Our road trip to Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Mt. Rushmore, and the Badlands.
  • Smashing the head light of my convertible while "joyriding" in the driveway!
  • Moving away from home to go to school at South Lake Tahoe
  • Becoming a father with the birth of Mallaika
  • Graduating from UMass
  • Becoming a real grown up -- establishing a life, home, and family with Nichole and Mallaika
I'm proud of you Tom, I love you and wish you three more quarter centuries of a good life!


  1. Amazing and Gorgeous!

  2. Happy Birthday to Tom from Lorenzo, Chris and Eleonora!

  3. Wow, Melody, you sure made some cute grandkids!

  4. Thanks all -- I think their parents may have had a little bit to do with it!