Happy Birthday Harold

My little 8-bit boy turns 7 today:

Super Mario World. Classic 16 bit game.

At this point in your life:

* You are one of the smartest computer users I know. You are a master at searching YouTube.
* You make many films and shows and share them on YouTube.
* You love 8 bit and classic video games, and ask me repeatedly for pirated games.
* You don’t like a lot of foods, but you’re starting to try new things. Recently, mangoes.
* You have an amazing sense of humor around language. “I have to go to the snow bank to get my snow coins.”
* You are very good at lots of things, and sometimes tricky about other things.
* If you could do anything right now as a grown-up, it would be something with video games.

At this point in my life:

* I am helping people learn.
* I travel a bit less than when you were even younger. Partly that’s to see more of you!
* I have published 4 books.
* I spend lots of time with you on the weekends now.
* I’m happier than I’ve been in a very long time, because I’ve worked hard on my own head.

I like writing these little bits to you for the future, so that maybe when you’re a little older, you will look back and be able to see a time capsule view of where you were in your life at that point. We shall see. I hope they are useful.

Wishing you the best, my man.

Here you are at 3 or so:

And same song used in this video from when you’re 1:

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  • http://retailresumes.ca/ Michael Howard

    Enjoy them when they’re young Chris – they never seem to stay that way!

  • Lisa_Barone

    I feel incredibly old remembering I watched that video from 2009….in 2009. :)

    Happy Birthday, Harold.

    • http://www.boydjane.ca/ Jane Boyd

      Me too :) Wow – time sure flies.

  • http://twitter.com/LucyMFel Lucilla

    Feliz Cumpleaños Harold!

  • colleen laquay urbaniuk

    what a great idea to write a timeline of sorts for each year of his life. i need to do this. happy birthday harold!!!

  • Daniel Decker

    I love this time capsule and, Happy B- Day Harold. Your a fortunate kid to have a dad who loves you so much.

    • Daniel Decker

      Oops… *you’re not your (geesh autocorrect via iPad got me on that one).

  • Terri Cole

    Chris – so sweet. Your love shines right through. He’s lucky to had a Dad like you!

  • http://twitter.com/phillyrealty Christopher Somers

    Congratulations Chris. What an amazing tribute. And most importantly, happy b-day to Harold !

  • Mary Mavis

    Thank you for sharing your son with us today, Chris. What a fabulous tradition. Mary

  • http://ClimbingEveryMountain.com Mary E. Ulrich

    You are making nice memories for Harold. That is a great gift. And, I’ll bet Harold will be a deconstructionist and analyse complex information like his daddy. Now that Harold can make some of his own decisions, perhaps you want him to make a list of his strengths and his dad’s strengths. His Point of View would also make a great memory and tell you what he is thinking. :) It’s great you enjoy seeing your kids grow, because it happens so fast.

  • susantblake

    Love this. Love your description of him right now, and love your description of YOU right now. Happy Birthday, Harold!

  • http://www.boydjane.ca/ Jane Boyd

    Yeah Harold is 7!

    I love seeing him grow up and being able to celebrate him with you and your family. He is growing up surrounded by love, an amazing family and people who truly honour the person that he is. Apart from all of the great things about Harold – the best part of this post is reading this:

    “I’m happier than I’ve been in a very long time, because I’ve worked hard on my own head.”

    Good on ya Chris – your commitment to doing the work you need to do; so you can be the person that you are meant to be, is an example to us all. Watching your transformation has been a real highlight for me.

    We should get Adam and Harold together again for another “play date”. They are alike in so many ways :)

  • http://www.tessahardiman.com/ Tessa

    He is precious! What a cool dad you are to do a blog post for him on his birthday. :)

  • http://thefranchiseking.com/about-joel-libava-the-franchise-king The Franchise King

    Cute kid. Cool Dad.

    JL

  • Mitch Jackson

    Hi Harold- Happy Birthday from Southern California :-)

  • candice johnson

    Harold … You and I share birthdays. I think January 22nd is the best day to be born. You are an Aquarius which is a wonderful sign. The world is yours!
    Happy Birthday

  • Diane Brogan

    I am so blessed to have such a great son and grandson. Happy Birthday Harold.

  • http://jeffkorhan.com Jeff Korhan

    Very cool – and great idea. I have a closet full of vids of my kids (now in their twenties) that nobody sees and that could get lost.

    • http://chrisbrogan.com/ Chris Brogan

      Do it! : )

  • http://twitter.com/DavidBaeza David Baeza

    Beautiful idea Chris. I’m going to do something very similar. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • http://twitter.com/ShineSprings Shine Springs Farm

    What a beautiful post.

  • Dave Crenshaw

    What a very cool dad you are, Chris. And thank you for sharing this point of your life. Happy birthday, Harold!

  • Scurrior

    Happiness to you both. Good jib, Harold! Adequeate jab Churs! Harold – be sure ewe learn ta spell good like groan-ups mostly to.

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    I seriously cried. <3

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