Hey guys! My daughter Bea has a blog, Adventures in Hats, and she has just posted about her own experiences in Lithuania after we dropped her off in Vilnius following our family travels in Lithuania and Poland. I love her sense of humor and unique perspective and hope you will too.
Arrrhh! All hands on deck for International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Recently my daughter Bea declared her major at Stanford: Privateering.
Her friends Ben and Michael signed on as awkward incompetent first mate and shoulder parrot. So my sister Constance and I decided to try our luck as chief cook and bottle washer, and cabin boy.
Bea was flying home for spring break. We went to meet her at Sea-Tac airport. We picked up a cart, to carry our booty.
Not only did Bea immediately don the captain’s hat and coat we brought along, just in case Cap’n Bea was traveling incognito….
…but from out of her pack she pulled out her very cool pirate goggles to top off the outfit.
The next best thing to a contract signed in blood, we press-ganged an innocent bystander to photo-document the deal.
I have proven once again that it is impossible to embarrass Beatrice.
But we can just keep trying.
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Also an excellent teacher librarian who spends hours working at home on his own time. He serves on the teachers’ union board because teachers’ working conditions (ie. class size) are students’ learning conditions.
He’s a soccer referee who gives back to his association by serving on the board as treasurer…
…and he still looks pretty darn good in shorts.
Even more importantly–he’s a very good daddy.
He is wise and kind, and he sees the world through a lens of compassion.
Not only that—the man bakes his own Christmas cookies!
Thom is of the very best vintage. Who could ask for anything more?
If I couldn’t have Thom…
…I might settle for Indiana Jones.
But let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
When the time comes, maybe we’ll have Thom stuffed and put in a museum.
But for now, we’ll stuff him with cake and ice cream.
Happy Birthday, dear Thom, and many many more!
All words and images (except Indiana Jones) copyright Naomi Baltuck