I've previously included in my blog a wonderful entry written by my daughter Sara in honor of my 70th birthday, called Sara's birthday gift. Sara had previously given me another touching gift, around 1997, possibly in honor of my 55th birthday. It's a framed collage that I've kept hanging in my office since then - here's a picture of it:
The things Sara chose to highlight all tell a lot about me, of course. Here are the individual items, enlarged. Because the written text can in some cases be a bit hard to read, I've reproduced it under each image:
All of my characteristics that Sara worried about inheriting are right on target. Although I'll eat almost anything, I don't like the taste of corn. I don't know where Sara stands on the corn issue these days, but it wouldn't be surprising to find that food likes and dislikes might have an inherited aspect.
It now seems quaint to note that in 1997 it was a bit unusual to turn your computer on first thing in the morning. These days, of course we check our computers first thing in the morning. Turn them on? They were probably on all night. We may carry them with us everywhere in the form of a smart phone (Sara certainly has one, but I don't - yet).
I wonder if Sara also inherited a propensity for blogging, something which didn't exist in 1997 (is there a "blogging gene"?). Sara has multiple blogs - here are some of them, as of May, 2012:
Globe twisting (extensive - explore it)
Mali mania (a trip to Mali, in West Africa)
And Sara also may have inherited my love of travel - she's traveled more widely than I have, and she's a lot younger. As I write this entry, she's in Turkey, having recently flown from the Cappadocia region to Istanbul. She's shown below in a photo taken from the Goodbye Cappadocia entry in her Innovation on Earth blog, which documents Sara's travel for the benefit of her students back at the Innovation Academy, where she teaches. You can click on the photo to zoom out and enlarge it (return here with your browser's "back" button).