Happy Ninth Birthday, Samuel

Sammy, Samuel, Sam —

I know you now wish to be called “Samuel,” and I’m trying, but it’s hard for me to get used to that particular change. I’m sorry in advance for the fact that I’m likely to call you “Sammy” basically for the rest of my life.

The last of your single-digit birthdays is today. In many ways, you’re already looking far ahead: Your reading level was assessed this week to be at the 10th grade level. The subjects you’re most interested in (biology, paleontology, astronomy, Lego construction) are advanced. But although you went through a phase where you were sure you already knew everything, you also are the same inquisitive four-year-old who asked “why” several hundred times a day. You’re not yet bored of asking your dad questions. That makes me profoundly happy. To be honest, I still catch myself staring at you sometimes when you’re talking, dumbstruck that you’re real.

You’re settling into yourself; you’re less moody and volatile. I’ve noticed this year in particular that you’ve become comfortable with what you WANT to do and what you CAN do — and you work each day to bridge the two.

My love for you grows endlessly each year. I can’t wait to see what’s next. I’m already proud of you.

Much love,
Your papa

Sammy in 2006, catching bubbles


Sammy in 2007, at the Children's Discovery Museum


Sammy in 2008, at a NASA display at the Mountain View Art and Wine Festival


Sammy in 2009, eating a smore at the Seascape beach


Sammy in 2010, at Big Basin Redwoods State Park


Sammy in 2011, at a birthday party in Mountain View


Sammy in 2012, at the Mountain View Farmer's Market


Sammy in 2013, holding a bead Shannon made


Sammy in 2014, at the Santa Clara County Fair with a snake around his neck


One Response to “Happy Ninth Birthday, Samuel”

  1. Barbara Says:

    Happy birthday Samuel. Hope you have a great day and celebrate this birthday and many more.

    Stephen, love the pictures

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