For Owen on His Third Birthday
Before Owen celebrated his birthday party, he had to wait patiently, with fork in hand, as we sang Happy Birthday. I think that he was thinking, "Why don't they just get to the chase?"
Finally, Owen could blow out of the candles on his Big Bird cake, which I designed for him with Jack's suggestion of the character from Sesame Street.
I used small peanut butter filled pretzel cubes for Big Bird's eyes without telling Owen and Jack of that technique. Nonetheless, I told them both to eat one of Big Bird's decorated eyes.
Jack is about to do his ocular surgery on one of Big Bird's eyes.
Owen has just crunched down upon the pretzel.
This is the note to Owen on his first gift:
Hmmm. What is this?
Hmmm. I like this already; it is shinny.
Owen's next note and gift was from Vincent van Gogh.
Finally, the best gift of all was Owen's airplane named the Spirit of Owen, which appears on the side of the airplane along with a photo of Owen in the cockpit and a picture of Charles Lindbergh in the first-class seat.
Owen is about to fly to Mandalay where flying fishes play. Both Jack and Owen know Kipling's poem Mandalay. If you say to Jack, "On the road to Mandalay," he will quote,
Jack sends the Spirit of Owen on its return flight from Mandalay.
After flying the plane all over the world, I read Lindbergh's letter to Owen. Actually, Owen attempted to read it.
Interestingly, this is another photo by the family photographer, Jack. The photo is excellent, especially for a child who turned five a week after Owen's third birthday. Wait until Jack is ten; Ansel Adams will have to share his shutter with him.
These are several YouTube regarding Darwin, van Gogh, and Lindbergh.
Finally, if you wonder about my creative use of pretzels for Big Bird's nose and eyes, I was introduced to coating pretzels when I was hardly 10-years of age. I worked for Brooks Oakford at Aunt Charlotte's Candy Store one Christmas season.
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