Happy Birthday Mitchell!

From a Facebook post today:

As we “self-quarantine” and “shelter in place” to“flatten the curve” our son Mitchell turns 18 today. His generation has been bookended by some unhappy times in America so far: 9/11 just before his birth, and this week a global pandemic as he reaches adulthood. (A visit with Mitchell to the 9/11 museum is here.)

But the time in between has been the happiest period of our lives! The memories are endless: witnessing Mitchell’s birth in San Francisco; his first San Francisco Giants game (“Happy Birthday Mitchell,” the scoreboard read); our world travel together; sailing at Lake Tahoe; his schooling at Mount Saint Mary Academy and Ghidotti Early College High SchoolNCVC Volleyball in Sacramento and a first-degree blackbelt; the high-school prom with Amalia; college tours and his acceptance at Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

We are going to celebrate at home — “self-quarantine,” I guess — with a custom cake from Emily’s Catering, sushi from Kaido Japanese restaurant, gifts and cards. As I write this the night before, I can hear Mitchell laughing out loud in the back room as he plays videogames with his friends on a desktop PC that he built with pride. I know those conversations will continue later today. All told, we are blessed and wouldn’t change a thing. (Photo: Thanks to Joy Porter at Winding Road Imagery)

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

4 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Mitchell!”

  1. Because Mitchell was raised by wise parents, he will act wisely until the pandemic has faded into history. And a couple decades or so from now, he will tell his children and grandchildren how it was back in 2020 when the world was engulfed by an insidious virus that killed hundreds of thousands of good people and brought this nation to its knees in prayer, because he will remember it always.

    Happy Birthday, Mitchell, and great success at Johns Hopkins.

  2. Jeff: A good tribute to Mitchell, and a tribute to your good parenting. And thanks too for the reminder of all the good things happening before, during and — we should all believe– after the pandemic. I have great hope for Mitchell and his cohort to remake this world. But today he should revel in his video games. Saving the world can wait! Happy Birthday, Mitchell.

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