December 15, 2010 :: Tags: SORA :: 1 Comment
My gorgeous little boy is 8 years old today. One may say he does not qualify as “little boy” anymore.
I’m out of country again and missing his birthday. Most days, and in particular since his birth, when I remember and have my head on the shoulder (as the French would say), I count my blessings. On the top of the list, I feel blessed for having a happy, healthy kid we are so proud of. No different from any other parents, of course.
Being a father is the best thing that has happened in my life (yes, much better than music and toys including audio goodies). When you are a father, you’re willing to give your life for your children. In the meantime, your own life becomes more valuable to you, because it has been enriched, and because you know a little soul depends on it.
Anyways, off the soapbox. Happy birthday my lovely boy.
September 26, 2010 :: Tags: Dick Durbin, politics, Senator Durbin, SORA :: Comment
What a delight. By total coincidence SORA and I were at a Cafe were Senator Dick Durbin was holding a press conference. I had a question to ask, as always leading to a follow up discussion. My main question was regarding the economy. I wanted to know how the senator rated the success/performance of Obama administration’s stimulus plan. He gave it a 5. I said “WOW, I would have given it a 2 or 3.” But his explanation was good and I appreciated that.
We even talked about another country. I wish I had used a bit more polite word in talking about the president of that country.
I thanked the senator and sat at a table with SORA.
Lo’and behold, Senator Durbin asked me if he and his wife, Loretta could sit with us. We were together for 45 minutes. I still had a lot of questions that I forgot to ask! He and his wife were two of the most humble, down to earth people I have ever met in my life. It was almost like being in a flight and making a conversation with the person sitting next to you.
Senator Durbin is an intelligent, knowledgeable gentleman, even if one disagrees with him politically. He can talk about many subjects and trends, and links them together. He reminded me of a boss / friend I have who used to be a Harvard Business School professor. In fact, I wrote to my friend about the senator that evening. My friend thanked me, and said he is a fan of Senator Durbin.
SORA was also very interested despite initially being shy about it. Later on he asked me questions about the Senator, our President, etc. I was happy to have such a conversation with him in particular since last week I drove him to South Chicago to show him President Obama’s neighborhood (easier to get in the White House than to the beginning of that block!)
Absolutely made our day. I can not thank the Senator and Loretta enough for their time and generosity.
December 15, 2009 :: Tags: SORA :: 2 Comments
today is SORA’s seventh birthday. so many things have happened these seven years. the best of all is of course SORA’s birth.
daddy’s gift to him: a new macbook.
party with his friends at pump it up; then more party at home.
June 12, 2009 :: Tags: SORA :: 1 Comment
dad and mom are proud to announce SORA’s graduation from kindergarten today. our parents taught us not to show off. but how can i shut up about a six year old who is in the gifted program, speaks japanese and english, studies math at second grade level (exaggerating a bit here), plays a few musical instruments, sings with a higher pitch than her accomplished opera singer mother, and whom we caught googling a word he had no business googling?
like all parents, we are blessed.
December 15, 2002 :: Tags: SORA :: Comment
SORA was born, in tokyo at aiiku hospital, hiro-o, tokyo. SORA means sky in japanese. but the kanji characters we use to write his name are symbols for UNIVERSE.
i can not thank God enough. we are so fortunate to have him.