Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Sagie יום הולדת שמח שגיא

There are a few reasons behind this post, one is a tattoo of a Jewish proverb, 'The only truly dead are those who have been forgotten', that someone might, or might not, get. Another reason is challenges Sagie has been facing for the last couple of years. Equally important reason is the fact that this blog was encouraged by my son, Sagie, and was started as a documentation of heirloom and other recipes for him and generations to come. As Sagie was heading off to college, I inaugurated this site with one of his favorites Shakshuka, for every college kid's hot plate. I meant to bake a chocolate cake for his birthday today but he wanted me to make one of his favorites, a no-bake dessert Petit Beurre, Cocoa and Coconut Chocolate Balls. This time I didn't have Manischewitz so for the first time ever I used Zinfandel, and surprisingly enough, it still tasted great.

I will keep this short and sweet (sort of). Happy Birthday Sagie שגיא, for the last 19 years I am a fortunate mom to have you as my kid. Both daddy and I wish you a life full of health, happiness and countless adventures as you explore the world. You are truly a beautiful human being and we love you! Though you imagined yourself at this moment somewhere else, accomplishing some goals you set for yourself, but, you are here, so get your beautiful self from the basement upstairs and give us a huge hug STAT!

Photos: First one at 10 months on a visit to Israel in 1993, second taken in Venice summer 98' just before Sagie turned 6.  Small photo at the top left is at Sagie's bar mitzvah at the Western Wall, Summer 2005, in Jerusalem, Israel, he just turned 13. The last two photos were taken just a few days ago, August 2011, at home, here in the US of A, just as Sagie takes off next weekend for his sophomore year at UMASS, Amherst.

24 comments :

  1. Happy Birthday to your handsome son! I wish him the best and the best is yet to come!!

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  2. How very sweet. Hope he gets himself upstairs to give you a hug soon!

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  3. Happy Birthday! Great sounding kid, and an awesome mom :) Good luck at college this year!

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  4. happy birthday to Sagie! what a handsome young man! and this weekend is hard for so many parents as their kids are going off to college. never realized that from the parental point of view until recently... hugs*

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  5. Happy Birthday Sagie! Love that you shared with us Shulie! He is truly a handsome man, good luck at UMASS:-)

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  6. Happy birthday, Sagie! Wishong you the best year ever at Amherst! And Shulie, you have every right to be one proud and happy mother! I love that Jewish proverb - we should remember it more often:)

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  7. Wishing Sagie a very happy birthday and a successful year at Amherst. He's a very handsome boy who should definately be hugging his mom right now!

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  8. Happy Birthday, Sagie!

    Shulie, thanks for sharing this with us. What a beautiful baby then, and a handsome young man you have raised.

    I love that Jewish proverb.

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  9. Your son is very good looking. Happy Birthday to him!

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  10. A very happy birthday, Sagie and many more to come. Hope your day really rocks.

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  11. Happy Birthday to Sagie, this is the second time you include him in your posts and I think I said this the first time but dang! he is a good looking guy ;) must be in his genes, like mama like son... I think it's so cool that he's the one who encouraged you to start blogging. Hope you're having a great day :)

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  12. Mazel Tov to Sagie! Know you're a proud mom and for good reason!

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  13. Happy Happy Birthday Sagie! Hope you have a fabulous year ahead.

    There is soo much more in store for you and wish you the very best for it.

    xoxo
    A

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  14. Happy Birthday Sagie :) I wish him loads and loads of success .. love and laughter! And it is so sweet of him to encourage you to start blogging.

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  15. Many happy returns of the day to your lovely son, S! Best wishes for a bright future for Sagie.

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  16. Happy Birthday to Sagie, wishing him an amazing year at Amherst!

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  17. Thank you everyone. S asked me to convey his heartfelt thanks on his birthday wishes to everyone. He is taking a fishery class in Environmental Science next semester and was just watching Dan Barbour's video on How I fell in love with a fish. You guys are good friends and I love you!! Shulie

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  18. so awesome! happy birthday Sagie! You must be a proud mom, Shullie!

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  19. A little late with the Birthday Wishes but heartfelt none the less!
    MM

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  20. Awww...Shulie-love this post. Sagie was right to encourage you to share your talent with all of us. I always tell you this: He looks just like you and is gorgeous!!!You know I particularly love the photo in Venice. His baby photo is precious. You're a proud mamma and rightfully so. xxoo

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  21. A Very Happy Belated Birthday to your son! Lovely post :)
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend

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  22. Happy belated birthday to an awesome kid who has an awesome Mom! Hoping IRL happens one day soon Shulie! HUGS!!

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  23. I had missed this post! how? Shulie you have one handsome guy and i can imagine how proud you are! That baby photograph is just so adorable and as i go thru them, it shows time goes by so fast.. as i am experiencing with my gals. Belated Happy Birthday to the wonderful guy.

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  24. Shulie, you are right to be proud of your handsome son! I hope he had a wonderful birthday and I wish him well on his college endeavors. It is hard for me to accept my growing boys are going to be men before too long.

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