I write letters to my children on their birthdays. Here is last year’s letter to Alex.
There is so much to celebrate about you.
You are resilient, spunky, and fun. You are creative, and love to make beautiful art for other people. You are engaged with the world around you. You love connecting with people and being helpful to others. Sometimes we get glimpses of an older version of you – like when you are so quick to help your little sister when she’s mid-meltdown.
This year you graduated from preschool. Yay! Then you jumped into kindergarten with excitement. Every day you enjoy telling us about what you did at school and who you played with at recess.
You are learning how to read and write, and are so self-motivated that we’ve barely done anything other than provide you with lots of books and paper. Car rides with you are fun because you are constantly finding signs to read out loud.
Other new things from this year – you got your ears pierced, you started really swimming, you learned how to shower all by yourself, you figured out how to ride a bike without training wheels, and you started playing soccer.
You love getting your fingernails painted, watching PJ Masks, going on family camping trips, listening to the Greatest Showman soundtrack, getting Happy Meals at McDonald’s, going on special Daddy-Daughter dates with Dad, playing with water outside, telling knock knock jokes, and hanging out at Wet N Wild.
Alex, you are a pure joy to have as my daughter. I hope this year is full of fun and growth for you. I love you a lot.