Happy Birthday Eli!

A typical Eli birthday feast from a few years ago

A typical Eli feast from a few years ago. Since that really is Eli scuba diving, many of his friends asked, “is that also you diving off the cliff?”


On a warm winter evening, just 14 years ago, Elliot snuck into the world in a corner of piazza Indipendenza, in Florence, Italy.

Actually, he didn’t quite sneak in. He arrived with an earth-shaking roar.

Shortly after, Sam and Papa went out to celebrate with a pizza together.

On the occasion of Eli’s big 14th birthday, his family and friends send a big hug and happy birthday wishes to Eli!  Everyone misses him a lot, and hopes that they will be able to see him and/or speak soon. Kevin has a whole bunch of new jokes he’s been holding back just for Eli.


The family also has some cool presents  they would love to give him, and are  looking for ways to deliver them . Grandpa and Roro also wanted to give Eli  some “walking around money” so he can, presumably, walk around until he finds what he would like.

And we are all sure that, no matter where Eli celebrates his birthday this year, he’ll have plenty of good stories to tell.

Farside bears


2 responses to “Happy Birthday Eli!

  1. Roro & Grandpa Jim

    Happy Birthday Eli! We love you and miss you very much.
    When will you come visit us in California? We are waiting for you.
    Roro and Grandpa Jim

  2. Hey El, we all miss you so much and wish we could celebrate your birthday with you. Remember when we had the treasure hunt birthday party at Zuela for you and your friends?
    I hope you are ok and know that we are trying to get you back home.
    Love you,

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