Today isn’t all sad

Speaking of raising children to adulthood…

Encyclopedia Blue is many things:




He is eating a smoked scorpion. A friend from China sent us a jar full of them, but EB was the only one in the family who dared to try one.

Water lover


He was the only one of us who would ride the Hades roller coaster at Wisconsin Dells in 2006. I took this picture between his first and second rides.



For a boy who has had to share his birthday with a national tragedy for the past 9 years, I think he has turned out pretty well.

Happy 18th birthday, Encyclopedia Blue!

8 responses to “Today isn’t all sad

  1. Hau`oli La Hanau to the birthday boy. 🙂 Excellent birthday wish for him my friend.

  2. Happy Birthday Encyclopedia Blue! Should having a national tragedy associated with your birthday define you in anyway at all, it is my prayer that it marks you always as a compassionate man with no tolerance for hate.

  3. Karen — this is a beautiful tribute to your son. I like the way you showcased his strength and his joys.

  4. Happy Birthday EB from Sweden.

  5. Happy Birthday–you just have them growing up one right after another, don’t you?

    Great tribute.

  6. What a life-affirming post on an otherwise somber day! Happy Birthday, Encyclopedia Blue.

  7. Aww what a beautiful tribute to your boy. Happy Birthday EB!

  8. Happy Belated Birthday! And congratulations to you for raising such a wonderful son.

    I cannot believe he at fried scorpions!!!