Friday, March 13, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MIKE!!

We knew from Day 1 that it was going to be an interesting ride with you in the driver's seat! Those huge, beautiful eyes just sparkled with curiosity. We could tell you were wanting to get out of that baby brain and explore the world.

My favorite picture just exemplifies your approach to life at an early age: find a book on the subject, read about it, and figure it out for yourself. Click on the picture to enlarge and see that he is reading, "Toilet Training Made Easy"!

Both sides of your brain were engaged. In addition to having fun with algebra at age 3, you took right to the piano and have filled our lives with music ever since.
We learned that it didn't do any good to discipline you by sending you to your room. That was your favorite place to go to read your encyclopedias, math books, maps and dictionaries. It didn't surprise us at all that your college odyssey lasted 13 years and resulted in 4 degrees. And, how wonderful that you have taken every opportunity to travel to enrich your education. All of your experiences from driving a truck from coast to coast more than once to introducing your students to the subways of Tokyo makes you who you are today. I'm just glad we didn't know about the wild taxi ride in the hills of Mexico until it was all over.

We're proud that in addition to teaching your high school students physics and chemistry, your main goal is to instill them with the joy of learning. No one better than you exhibits that joy.

So, Happy 41st Birthday, Dr. S------! May you and your students have a super trip to Greece and Italy over Spring Break. Come back safely with more experiences to share!

Love from Mom and Dad

14 comments:

Susan said...

great post! Happy Birthday Mike...you have a GREAT Mom!

Susan

imjacobsmom said...

Happy Birthday Mike - Sounds like Mom has every reason to be proud of you! (I wish you were the educator at my sons school - he would love the inspiration!) ~ Robyn

Sue said...

Wonderful post for your son...He must think your an awfully special Mom!! Happy Birthday Mike...

Bill and Mary Glidden said...

Such a sweet post Sally! Know how proud you are of Mike! Course he had to turn out super having you as a MOm!!

Our skiing trip is 2 weeks after we come back from this conference. I am still not ready for that trip and better get off this thing so I can get ready for this trip!!!

blessings
mary

Shelia said...

Oh, Sally! Happy Birthday to your dear son! It sounds like you have a genius in the family. Not that you're not a genius - I know you are two. The photo of him on the little potty chair is just too cute!
I can telly you have been a fabulous mother!
Be a sweetie,
shelia;)

A Romantic Porch said...

Wow! That is wonderful. Happy Birthday to the proud mom and her son! xorachel

Smilingsal said...

I'll bet he's a Super Teacher!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Such a good looking young man and such a cute little boy. Happy Birthday Mike. It sounds like you have grown into a wonderful young man. laurie

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Lovely post for you son! Happy Birthday Mike!

Manuela

Raggedy Girl said...

What a sweet post and how very proud you must be of that sweet son.

Roberta Anne

nikkicrumpet said...

Well happy birthday Mike! It sounds like you've lived quite an exciting life so far...and I hope you have many more wonderful adventures in the future!

xinex said...

What a sweet post about your son. Happy birthday Mike! You make your mom very proud, I can tell!...Christine

Bo said...

Happy Birthday to your Mike! What an interesting life he has carved out for himself...I'll bet his students adore him! ;-) Bo

Helen said...

What a sweet and loving tribute to your very special son! This is my first visit to your blog ... I'll be back. Have a wonderful week.