Phinnaeus came into this world with a huge personality. I remember at one family dinner, when he was three years-old, he grandly announced to everyone, "I love all the people I know, and I don't love all the people I don't know." Well, yes, you can't argue with that. It made perfect sense to me. Phinnaeus also has a wonderful intellectual curiosity, and he once made the profound statement, "I can hardly wait to learn about all the things in the world there are to learn." I remember when Phinnaeus was around the age of two, he was obsessed with garbage trucks. But of course, to a small child, garbage trucks are huge, noisy, mysterious things. His way of dealing with them was to learn everything there was to learn about them. I used to laugh every time he saw one -- "G'bage truck!" He's probably forgotten about that now.
Phinnaeus is on the border of manhood, and his parents deserve to be very proud of him. He's a lot of fun, and he's a good person. And I think his moral compass will always be set for due north.
Happy Birthday, Phinnaeus!