Today you are six years old. I know I say it every year, but once again, I have no idea where the time has gone. It seems like only yesterday when the doctor put you in my arms, and I thought, "A boy? I have no idea what to do with a boy!" Despite my concerns, I think you have turned out pretty darn well so far. It's hard to believe that you are the same chunk-a-bunk baby who basically slept for the first twenty-four hours of your life, making everyone but me concerned that you would never wake up to eat. Once you did wake up and start eating, you basically never stopped.
You have done so many things in the last year. You finished pre-school at the Montessori Academy of Valparaiso, and you truly thrived there. I will always be grateful for the wonderful program and amazing staff who helped guide you through the last two years. Because of everything you learned there, you were more than ready to enter Kindergarten this year at Flint Lake. I love that you and Lottie are at the same school, on the same schedule, and riding the same bus. I thought you might be nervous about riding the bus to school, but you hopped on the first day like a boss and you haven't looked back again. You're on the twenty-seventh list of sight words already, so I am eager to see what happens when you have mastered all of the lists. Perhaps you will start reading Camus next.
Your interests are varied as usual as you begin your sixth year. There has been a surprising dinosaur renaissance which prompted you to tell me that your school has a "fairly decent selection of dinosaur" books. You still enjoy Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and anything that involves any type of weapon. Sometimes I worry about your love of "shooting" but then I remember that you love to sit down with a good book just as much. Everything in moderation, my love. Scatological humor is still number one here as well. When you're feeling especially naughty, you talk about poop or butts because you know it annoys me. I have a feeling that annoying me thing will continue for the rest of my life.
You're a funny kid because you're very literal, and things are pretty black and white for you. You and Lottie are about as different as siblings could be: that makes it very hard for Dad and me to ever know exactly what to do or how to do it. I think you're breaking out of your shell a bit, though, and enjoying new things with an ease that you didn't have before. You have really enjoyed your tae kwan do class, and I hope it's something you continue to practice. I love that you're in class with other kids but the work itself is individual.
One of the most exciting things in the last year is that you outgrew your egg allergy. A whole new world of food has opened up to you now. Some of the things you have been really excited to try, but eggs themselves, whether hard-boiled or scrambled, are not your favorites yet. Maybe someday. You're naturally a little wary of trying things with eggs in them: after all, you spent the first five years of your life being told to stay away from eggs. However, you're slowly starting to accept that you can try new things without the fear of getting sick.
You enjoy doing things by yourself like reading or playing with Legos®, but you hate to be alone. You want someone nearby at all times but that person should really not talk to you unless you desire interaction. Total paradox. I think it's great that you're so good at entertaining yourself, though. That is a quality that will serve you well throughout your life. But don't ever be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and open yourself up to others; I'm sure you'll find plenty of people who share similar interests. After all, you're an amazing guy with a lot to share with the world.
*I love that you still love to snuggle with me before bed every night.
*I love that you are such a great brother.
*I love the way you are kind to Mimi and PopPop's dog, Sally, and help us take care of her and how you constantly tell Judy that she's the best cat in the world
*I love how you sometimes chill out on the living room couch and stare at the trees out of the window
*I love the way you laugh with your entire body
*I love the way you have started to create your own things with Legos instead of just following the building directions
*I love your bone-dry sense of humor
*I love how excited you are when we get a new catalog in the mail, especially if the catalog has anything to do with Halloween
*I love your freckled nose and your gorgeous, long-lashed blue eyes
Dad and I are proud of beyond compare. In my wildest dreams, I cannot even begin to imagine all of the wonderful things life has in store for you. Promise me that you will always stay sweet, forever love to read, and never ever change who you are inside.
You are always my best, best boy,