Dazed and confused? Not me. I’m just Lost in the Cheese Aisle.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Sensorium 1
Elder Daughter being her usual entertaining self at Sensorium in Washington, DC. That’s not a colander on her head, BTW, but it might as well be.

Today marks the completion of Elder Daughter’s 32nd trip around the sun.

Alas, she is 650 miles away, and so we cannot be together on her birthday. But that is of little consequence, as we just spent the last three days together in Washington for a combination entertainment / Mother’s Day / birthday celebration that involved plenty of good times. And my brother - the other Elisson - was able to join us for some of the festivities.

E.D. had been performing in a show since mid-April and we were able to catch the penultimate performance Saturday night. “Show” is not really adequately descriptive: it was more of a steampunk dinner party, twelve courses punctuated by various vignettes and performance art. It was fun, fascinating, and tasty - worthy of its own separate post. That by itself would have been enough to draw us to the Nation’s Capital, but the calendrical confluence of Mother’s Day and E.D.’s birthday made it irresistible.

Birthdays are ever so much more enjoyable when they are celebrated with spirituous liquors. It’s one of the advantages of having grown-up children... and it’s even more fun when they introduce you to things you’ve never tried before. Toki Monster, anyone?

What can I say about Elder Daughter that I have not already said at one time or another? She is everything a daddy could want in a child: intelligent, industrious, independent-minded, with an amazing ability to understand people’s motivations and emotions. An old soul in a young body.

This is a time in her life when new opportunities beckon, when adventure and excitement call. There will be many changes, and it is my prayer that they all bring her to places of greater and greater joy. Knowing her as I do (after all, I did contribute 50 per centum of her DNA), it is a prayer uttered with no small degree of confidence.

Me and My Baby
Can you tell we’re closely related? Elder Daughter and her daddy.

Happy birthday, Elder Daughter! May this year bring you health, life, and prosperity, without limit to any good thing.


Teresa said...

Happy Happy Birthday to her! And yes she is definitely much like you.

The other Elisson said...

Happy birthday to my niece! Had a great time with you guys last weekend. Hope she has a wonderful day.

Kevin Kim said...

Hats off to all the lovely ladies in your life.

BobG said...

Best wishes to her, and congratulations to you and your wife for such a good job raising your children.

Kevin Kim said...

I thought I'd left a comment here, but I guess I didn't. Anyway, hats off to all the lovely ladies in your life!

Elisson said...

Kevin, you had - but it got swallowed up into the maw of Blogger's shutdown and (partial) restoration. I'm still missing two posts. Grrr!

Unknown said...

Happy Belated Birthday to E.D. I adore that picture of you two.