Happy Birthday, Kai!

Seven years ago, my first son, Kai, was born. Due to one of those 3d sonogram deals, we'd expected a girl (Kaiser, our hospital, wouldn't do extra screenings just for gender determination) and had the name Naomi picked out. So the first several hours of Kai's life was us scrambling for a great name for a healthy little boy. 

Today is the first "Oceans Day" in Japan, a new national holiday, instituted, we suppose, because Japanese simply work too much if they aren't told not to. Kai's kanji is "ocean," so it is a fitting holiday for our fast-growing boy. 

Kai has begun to express an interest in blogging, which I heartily support. This year I will be teaching him and helping him discover the wonders of connecting to people and places through the Internet, photography and prose. "I like the Internet," Kai says, "because I can blog for my friends and my dad." 

I hope you can help make Kai's birthday - and the launch of his blogging career - special by leaving a brief comment and including your current location. Thank you!

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  • commented 2011-07-25 14:17:11 -0400
    Kai, how did I miss this news?! Now you’re—hmm— 7 years and 8 days old. Don’t you feel different from when you were 6? You are growing up, guy! Happy belated birthday and good luck with blogging!
  • commented 2011-07-19 18:45:37 -0400
    Happy Birthday Kai from Canberra, Australia. Hope you had a great day!
  • commented 2011-07-19 10:44:58 -0400
    Happy Birthday Kai! Hope you had a great day. I look forward to reading your blog. Hope to see more pictures of cool looking animals.
  • commented 2011-07-19 09:02:25 -0400
    Hi Kai ~ Happy Belated Birthday from Miami, Florida. Hope you had an amazing day yesterday. Can’t wait to read your blog.
  • commented 2011-07-19 08:30:35 -0400
    Happy Birthday Kai from Sudbury Ontario. I hope you had a fantastic day with many more to come! :)
  • commented 2011-07-19 07:03:22 -0400
    Happy birthday, Kai from Washington, D.C.! Let the world know about your discoveries and the wonders that you see everyday through your blog. Hope that you had a great celebration with your family.
  • commented 2011-07-19 00:54:43 -0400
    Happy Birthday Kai, from Phoenix, Arizona!
  • commented 2011-07-18 23:13:16 -0400
    Happy birthday Kai! Guess, what, my son turned 8 today, he has the same birthday as you. I’m writing to you while I’m on vacation here in Columbus, Ohio, but I live in Westfield, New Jersey. Hope you had a great day, can’t wait to see you start your blogging career!
  • commented 2011-07-18 23:11:01 -0400
    Happy Birthday from India… Happy Blogging!
  • commented 2011-07-18 21:48:40 -0400
    Happy birthday from Orlando, Florida Kai!
  • commented 2011-07-18 20:22:33 -0400
    Happy Birthday! I had a 7-yr old boy once…he was full of curiosity, energy and fun. I have the feeling you are also. I live in Sacramento, not too far from your home. Best of luck in blogging and everything else!
  • commented 2011-07-18 20:13:44 -0400
    Happy Birthday, Kai! I live in Woburn, Massachusetts and I also have a house in Sedgwick, Maine. I love these pictures of you exploring in the water. One of the joys of life that has never dimmed for me is discovering beauty in nature: flowers, rocks, bugs, birds, trees, animals, and the endless variations from the play of light and water.
  • commented 2011-07-18 19:59:38 -0400
    A great launch to a blog, cool pictures, and an engaging way to get people hooked. It seems that you have a good teacher :-) Happy Birthday from Raleigh, North Carolina!
  • commented 2011-07-18 19:48:08 -0400
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  • commented 2011-07-18 19:43:16 -0400
    From Central Florida, hope you have a great birthday Kai! Those are some very cool pictures there.
  • commented 2011-07-18 19:41:45 -0400
    Wishing you an awesome 7th birthday Kai! Blogging is awesome and only cool people do it. Loads of love from Beth in SF, CA, USA, EARTH.
  • commented 2011-07-18 19:40:48 -0400
    Happy Birthday Kai from Nova Scotia, Canada :D
  • commented 2011-07-18 19:05:47 -0400
    Happy b’day Kai from Australia!
  • commented 2011-07-18 19:00:52 -0400
    Happy Birthday Kai, from Kansas City, Missouri! Good luck with your blog. Blogging can be a lot of fun, and sometimes it’s a lot of work too. I hope you enjoy it. Stop in and leave me a message on my blog: www.mikemarlow.com
  • commented 2011-07-18 18:54:10 -0400
    Happy Birthday Kai from Arlington, VA. Wow! Seven years old and excited about blogging. When I was seven, it was still a whole decade before the first IBM PC would be released so the closest thing we had to blogging was keeping a diary or personal journal. Whatever technology you use to write, whether a pencil or a PC, enjoy it.
  • commented 2011-07-18 17:42:11 -0400
    Happy Birthday, kai from Seattle, WA. You’ll enjoy exploring the blog world and I’m sure your dad will have great tips. I have a couple of grand kids close to your age.
  • commented 2011-07-18 17:17:22 -0400
    Happy Birthday, Kai from Long Island, NY. I hope you enjoy the Internet as much as apparently the rest of us do. Just remember to listen to your Dad because I’m sure he’s giving you some great insight. Ciao!
  • commented 2011-07-18 16:46:49 -0400
    Happy Birthday Kai from Indiana, USA. I hope you enjoy a very special day. My grandson will be 7 in 17 more days. He loves the water too! Good luck blogging, listen to your father……he is a very smart man.
  • commented 2011-07-18 16:36:41 -0400
    Singing “Happy, Happy to YOU!” from Temecula, California
  • commented 2011-07-18 16:34:15 -0400
    Hey happy birthday Kai – My birthday present to you is a quote that I always used when something went terribly wrong:
    “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”

    Happy Birtday
    Axel
    http://xeesm.com/AxelS
    (so you know who this foreigner is :)
  • @JeanetteJoy mentioned @adrielhampton link to this page. 2011-07-18 16:33:17 -0400
    Happy Birthday, Kai! http://t.co/QPlTvP6 via @adrielhampton
  • commented 2011-07-18 16:13:26 -0400
    Happy birthday from Empire Avenue’s very own Mr Wondrous! Imagine that! :) Stay curious and you’ll go far.
  • commented 2011-07-18 16:12:42 -0400
    Hey, Kai! (That’s a great name, by the way!) Hope you have the best birthday ever! Congrats from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.
  • commented 2011-07-18 15:31:34 -0400
    happy birthday kai – have a great one – from fractals – Maui.
  • commented 2011-07-18 15:31:33 -0400
    happy birthday from Maui Kai – it sure seems that you might be named after someone here ?

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