(Editor’s Note: As I approach age 60, I am “Counting My Many Blessings” by doing a daily countdown from 365. These are in no particular order, but, as you will see in days following, there is a method to the madness.)
Today is my daughter Chelsea’s birthday. She is our sweet “middle child” and has been a “free spirited” soul for as long as I can remember.
Chelsea has always been a cutie and is a loving, caring and thoughtful person. She has struggled through many challenges in her life and has made it through them.
I consider her a great blessing in my life!
Chelsea was born on a cold November morning in Flagstaff, Arizona. She came to the world with anticipation. In those days we didn’t know if the baby would be a boy or a girl, so we had the pleasant surprise of our third daughter in three years. We “woke up and it was a Chelsea Morning” and thus Chelsea Dawn Kravetz came into this world on November 18, 1983.
Since that time she has generally been a joyful and happy-go-lucky girl. As she has grown older she has also turned into a prankster, playing jokes on everyone in the family.
In 1987 we moved to Japan. Chelsea was at the age in her life where she was learning to really talk and was thrust into a world of two languages, speaking English at home, watching Japanese TV and then going to Japanese public schools, where the only language she had was written and spoken Japanese. She was in a totally bi-lingual world.
In many respects it was a wonderful time for her. As a cute American girl she was loved by all. And being able to speak Japanese as a Japanese person would only made more love her.
Soon she was sought after for newspaper ads and TV commercials. Her bright smile, long flowing “American hair” and joyful countenance was a major drawing card. At one time, a major department store had her picture hanging all over the store, in their print ads and on their TV ads.
One of the most endearing commercials she was in was an advertisement for the Kuju Amusement Park grand opening. She was dressed up like a little princess. To the left is a photo of them applying the makeup and then a video of the commercial followed by outakes. Sure to make anyone smile!
Overall, Chelsea was in 5 television commercials and a number of print ads. All of the kids (except for Solomon) appeared in both print and TV ads in Japan.
Upon our return to the United States in late 1991, Chelsea basically went through culture shock. Her only real life had been as a “gaijin” – foreigner – living a Japanese life.
We came back to Arizona and got the kids into school. Chelsea had to take English as a Second Language as an American. We laughed as she said things in a confused fashion:
“Throw a cow” – (a mix of throw a tantrum and have a cow)
“Piece of cinch” – (a mix if Piece of Cake and a Cinch)
And there are others…if I could only remember….
Over the years she has grown into a beautiful woman. She brought us our first grandchild. She is a hard worker and has worked her into a management position at Wendy’s, where she has been for nearly 16 years.
During high school Chelsea became proficient on the violin and has always been a lover of music. She has been way ahead of the trends. When she was in high school she was already listening to European Gypsy Punk band Gogol Bordello, whom hardly anyone knew back then. They have since become world renown. And today, she is a lover of Bachata music with her favorites being Romeo Santos and Prince Royce.
She has also become a great cake artist. Many come to Chelsea to create an original cake. Here are a couple of her cake pieces….
Chelsea remains fun-loving and cheerful. Many of her days are stressful with long work hours, parenting and such. But she gets through it. Here are a few more fun photos of Chelsea….my sweet daughter.
Chelsea is truly an angel. I am so grateful for her and the joy she brings to my life and that of my wife….