Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Sammy

Hey Champ -
I wrote a blog for your sister on her birthday, so I figured I should do the same for you! I can't believe you are 7 years old...the days are long, but the years go by quickly. I just want you to know that I couldn't be more proud of you and everything you represent as a young person. When I used to think about who my son would be I always envisioned your precise image....the same for your mother and sister. We are fortunate in so many ways!

Did you know you were born on Mom and Dad's first wedding anniversary? We were driving into the city and you decided to turn our dinner at Aqua into a visit to the birthing ward at Alta Bates Medical Center. My best friend, Bob, was in the back seat....it seems as though he has been there for all the big moments....it is important to have good pals!

The things you say amaze me. I guess you got your mother's brain. I was never more proud than when you punched that kid who was acting up at a party. No one else (including the parents) were willing to put him in his place, so you did. I guess you got your father's sense of pride.

As a Salesman, every day is filled with uncertainty. The one thing I can rely on is you and your sister greeting me at the end of each day. I told your sister that I wished she would never grow a day older, I wish differently for you.....

You are my man in the trenches. I need you to protect your sister. My sister did that for me and every time I see her, I feel a sense of calm, as if everything is alright in the world. Part of being a Big Brother is honoring the title....that means sometimes you have to be willing to upset your sister to protect her well being. I will always explain your actions for you!

You are a thoughtful young man. I thought becoming a father that I would sacrifice my personal freedom to protect yours. You have proven that theory wrong! You always ask how things are going in my world. That is very thoughtful of you.

I know it has been hard being the Coach's son at times but you will understand when you have a child. Part of being a Leader is holding those most close to you to a higher standard.

I see the way your friends admire you, just know that is because you are a kind young man. Don't get too full of yourself, always look out for the slightest of your friends, and be OK with making unpopular decisions. Those who take short cuts always get eaten by wolves on the shady path.

It has been said that a man is judged by the legacy he leaves behind. It is safe to say I have had a triumphant life!

I Love You Sammy!

You can continue to make the easy things hard because you never fail to make the tough parts easy!

Don't Forget to Remember!



  1. Happy Birthday Sammy! Always remember that your Dad Rocks. At Michael C. Fina we call him MVP.

  2. Happy Birthday Sammy!!!!

  3. sorry to be a day late - hope you had a great 7th birthday Sammy!!!

  4. Absolutely beautiful ... Happy Birthday Sammy -- your Dad is a good man and you are blessed to have such a loving family and strong role model!!!

  5. Dave, Steven, Matt, Cindy -
    Sammy and I thank you for the kind replies and your continual support! I know the parental accolades serve to characterize you all as well!



  6. Happy late birthday, Sammy. The time you are investing in Sammy and Mar Mar's lives will bring you even more joy in the future.

    Blessings...and one more thing...Happy late 8th Anniversary.