Thursday, July 06, 2006

Happy Birthday, Son

These last 24 years have flown by me. When did you become a man? When did you grow so much taller and stronger than me? Where'd you get that tattoo!

Happy birthday, rdr, jr. And although you are on the other side of the world protecting the interests of your nation, you are right here beside me. Always.




Anonymous said...

"...Our campuses are loaded with custard-headed pacifists but the yard of the Naval Academy is not one of the places where I will encounter them. We are in agreement that the United States still needs a Navy, that the Republic will always have need for heroes -- else you would not be here tonight and in uniform.

Patriotism -- Moral behavior at the national level. Non sibi sed Patria. Nathan Hale's last words: "I regret that I have but one life to give for my country." Torpedo Squadron Eight making its suicidal attack. Four chaplains standing fast while the water rises around them. Thomas Jefferson saying, "The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed form time to time with the blood of patriots--" A submarine skipper giving the order "Take her DOWN!" while he himself is still topside. Jonas Ingram standing on the steps of Bancroft Hall and shouting, "The Navy has no place for good losers! The Navy needs tough sons of bitches who can go out there and WIN!"
-Robert A. Heinlein, addressing the Naval Academy, 1973

God speed to your son on his journeys. We're all very proud of him, too.

-Don Brouhaha

portia said...

Well said, Don.

How the hell did you get your sperm to impregnate your wife's egg at the exact right moment so that you birthed a bouncing baby boy on same exact day George W. Bush was born? I've always known your aim is good, now I know your timing is, too.

Congratulations to you and your boy, spd. Many happen returns for you and your Navy son. Always.

spd rdr said...

Thanks, guys.
That's my boy.

He asks for nothing but his pride,
which fits well with my wallet.

He a good boy, though. And you are well served.

Pile On® said...

That is funny Portia, I was wondering the same thing.

I see spd ducked the question.

portia said...

Heh. He's probably laying low knowing that his true stripes will be revealed when we learn his daughter was born on Hillary's birthday:)

spd rdr said...

With all the daughters running around here, the odds are in your favor.

Cricket said...

Congratulations, spd, and thank you.