Saturday, January 3, 2015

Vaughn Alexan


     What a great day. What an auspicious day. What a great day for a birthday. We are delighted to welcome our second grandchild and second grandson to this world. Vaughn Alexan Kapamajian was born today at 9:36 am in Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. Weighing in at 8 pounds and 11 ounces and 21 inches long, Vaughn Alexan was the biggest baby born on the Gavoor side of the clan that anyone can recall.  His numbers are middle of the road for the Kapamajians
     Judy and I are fortunate enough to be able to be in California to enjoy both this special time of the year and a special time for our family. We celebrated New Years with our Los Angeles family, we went to the Tournament of Roses Parade, and I finally made it to the Rose Bowl. Then, after the holiday festivities were winding down, Vaughn Alexan commanded our focus.
     Vaughn Alexan's parents, Armene and Michael are delighted, excited, and exhausted first parents. There is no need to get into the details of delivery suffice it to say that mother and son are both doing very well. There is a collective expression of joy and welcoming warmth the Vaughn Alexan and his parents. In the age of social media and smart phones, everyone that wanted or needed to be was kept in the text loop through the night and wee hours of the morning. It made it all more exciting with the village all involved in Vaughn Alexan's arrival. 
     Vaughn Alexan's birthday is amid a very busy festive season. First he shares his birthday with his great-aunt Nancy Gavoor. Nancy could not be more delighted. I am sure their bond just a bit more special because of it. A normally festive time has just gotten even more festive for our family. Beginning with the Winter Solstice, December 21, we celebrate the birthday of our daughter in-law Anoush. Of course, on the 24th and 25th of December we celebrate Christmas followed shortly by Michael's brother Andrew's birthday on the 28th. The 31st is Armene's birthday and New Year's Eve. Of course, January 1 is New Year's Day, the Tournament of Roses Parade for the Pasadena part of the family and all the bowl games. With one day off, we move right to Nancy and Vaughn's birthday followed on January 4 with Michael's mother Ana's birthday. The finish off this season of festivities, we have Armenian Christmas Eve and Christmas on January 5th and 6th. What a wonderful season this has evolved into for us.
     When a chid is born, the possibilities, hopes, and aspirations of the parents, grandparents, and family are limitless. All things considered, we wish a long, happy, and healthy life to our new bundles of joy. These three factors are perhaps the best definition of success there is. Beyond this, given the birth of our first two grandchildren, both grandsons, in a seven month span, we wish that the two cousins, Aris Gabriel and Vaughn Alexan, are as close to each other as they are in age. Cousins are a blessing too often underplayed and undervalued.
     Welcome Vaughn Alexan!

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