Happy Birthday Luca!

To our dearest Luca,

Today you turned three. In Bangkok. It was a bit different from your other (two) birthdays when you've had parties with your grandparents, godparents, cousins, aunties and uncles and friends all there to celebrate with you as you've blown out the candles on your (homemade) cake. But we all had a really nice day.
You opened your pressies from us over breakfast. You were delighted with them. And we felt humbled by your excitement. Then we went to see your first film in the cinema, Kung Fu Panda 2, which was preceded by the Thai National Anthem and a film about King Bhumibol Adulyadej for which we all stood. And in answer to your question - no, that doesn't happen in real life (i.e. talking, kung fu fighting pandas) but the film's message is sound - be good, be true and believe in yourself. We had a lovely lunch out after the cinema and then went to the playground nearby where you said that you had "really great fun". Then we came back to our hotel room for Skype calls to family and friends at home. And after that we had some birthday cake and candles. Sorry about only having two candles. You see, your Dad went to the local 7-Eleven to get candles, but inadvertently picked up a box of joss sticks with two candles on the lid of the box mistaking them for a box of candles. Maybe that kind of thing wouldn't have happened if we'd been doing our usual thing at home but these are the things memories and stories are made of. To add to your treasure trove of such from the past year.

You've grown up so much in the last twelve months, in so many ways and it's been our privilege and pleasure to have been with you to witness first hand every moment of it. You've seen and done so much. Your auld pair have, literally, pulled you across Europe and South East Asia (well your Dad did in your trailer). And you've made us so very proud of the versatile, adaptable, loving, adventurous and happy boy you've been throughout it all. You have had your moments, of course, as all toddlers do but when we've had trying times, where it's been just us three pitted against (whichever part of) the world we were in for whatever reason, you've always given 110%. Without fail. You've been good and true and believed in yourself. And in us. Just like any good Kung Fu warrior.

We adore you.

Your Mama and Dada.

A big Thank You to everyone who sent Luca birthday wishes and who Skyped for his birthday. It really meant a lot to all of us.


At May 30, 2011 at 8:39 AM Dee Brady said...

Linda Im loving your adventure and your updates! Congratulations on Lucas birthday, hes a little beauty. Kindest Regards Denise (Brady)

At May 30, 2011 at 8:49 AM Linda de Paor said...

Aw thanks Denise. Lovely to hear from you. Hope life is well with you. LOL x

At May 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM david monahan said...

hi!! rockett on through your fourth year here Luca.
It all sound like so much fun with your folks!!

At May 30, 2011 at 1:12 PM Sarah said...

That's amazing Linda - beautifully written. You've a hard act to follow for Luca's next birthday!! Love the pics too xx

At May 30, 2011 at 1:14 PM Kevin said...

Happy Birthday Luca, it was great chatting on Skype yesterday and you where in great form. You have turning into a Brilliant little man now and we miss you. Your Mum and Dad where looking great also!Love Uncle Kev, Shaz and Bump

At May 30, 2011 at 5:27 PM Linda de Paor said...

Thanks very much guys. x

At June 2, 2011 at 3:28 PM Sharon said...

Just read this blog - brought tears to my eyes as I envisaged Luca reading back on this when he is older... What amazing memories this little King is going to have. Well done to his fantastic parents :)
Shaz xx


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