I write letters to my children on their birthdays. Here is last year’s letter to Alex.
Five years ago we were surprised by your arrival. Born three weeks ahead of your due date, you were a tiny little thing.
And now you’re five years old. Full time preschooler and warrior girl. You are a wonder. You jump into life with such energy and exuberance. I love how you challenge me to enjoy life more freely.
This year was full of new things for you – a home in a new city, a new preschool that you love, getting a puppy, getting better at swimming and reading, learning hula. You also ate a live cricket, which your dad (NOT ME) fed to you.
You love making art and doing your morning pages. You enjoy helping with house chores, listening to stories, playing with friends, and making people laugh. Your personality is full of strength and zeal. I love seeing you grow and explore.
Happy birthday, Alex! Here’s to a wonderful year, my beloved daughter.