It hardly seems possible that another year has passed and your birthday - the 31st - has
arrived. This has been quite a momentous year in your life. On April 14, 2013, your
two brothers, Shawn and Jeremy, and I ( plus several other interested parties ) were
at the Sutter Hospital Birthing Center in Roseville, CA, to welcome the arrival of my
first grandchild, the most precious Harper Ann Vukasinovic, weighing in at 8 lbs. That
wasn't an overwhelming surprise as you weighed 8 lbs, 9 oz when you were born.
Laura was a real trooper and I was so thrilled to have a girl in a family of so many
males ( thank you for contributing the appropriate chromosone! ).
Here you are in your baptismal photo...no
one can see the gobs of gel I put on to tame
Here you and Laura are on your May 10, 2010
wedding day - one of the happiest of my life.
At the birthing center with your brothers, Shawn Smith, 42,
( left ) and Jeremy Vukasinovic, 28 ( right ). For once,
everyone has a smile.
And here you are, Dad, shortly after Harper Ann's arrival
This is one of my favorite photos of you, with Harper
slung over your shoulder, sound asleep.
While you are taking your own sweet time with finishing college - is the
major now math with a minor in economics? I can never keep up. You may
well graduate, finally, with more credits than any student ever has accumulated!
But the end is in sight.
I am so proud of the young man you are. You and Laura already bought a home
( a year before you married ), you manage an incredibly difficult work schedule and
class, and you seem to have taken on fatherhood with great ease. You manage
your finances in a way I never could seem to do.
On this birthday, I am in India but I will be home for Harper's first birthday,
hopefully with her Christmas stocking complete. From 7000 miles away,
dearest Alex, I wish you all the best life can bring. You are well on your way
to have it.
In fact, about the only complaint I have is that you don't get on skype enough so
I can visit with my granddaughter and two granddogs. Otherwise, you are
one terrific son.
All my love and best wishes on this birthday and every day of your life.