Happy birthday, you’re six! It took me awhile to write this letter because I couldn’t put my finger on a big ‘theme’ for this past year between age 5 and 6. In the past I’ve written you about big issues in the world, or big developments you’ve made. But year 5 to 6 was smooth sailing. We did a LOT. You learned a LOT. You grew up a LOT. And I thought that someday when you’re a grown up, you might like to know what mattered to you when you were just a kindergartener 🙂
- The most obvious is that you started kindergarten! You take the bus to/from every day and you absolutely.love.it. You have learned so much about sight words, writing a journal about what you do each day, counting by 2’s and 10’s, and what it means to be a good listener and a kind friend. You come home full of stories about your fun times at recess and silly stories at lunch.
- You are about to have your first loose tooth! You ask me every morning to check and see if it’s wiggling yet.
- You learned to ski by yourself. We got season passes this year, and the first few times you were nervous to ride the chair lift, nervous to be without your trusty hula hoop, nervous to go too fast. By the fourth time, when Dad brought along an old broomstick, you were pushing that stick away and calling out “I don’t need it Dad! I can do it myself!” The confidence in your body language and the pride in your eyes is just so dang amazing that I want to jump up and down each time I watch you!
- You swim by yourself. Last summer, when you were five and a half, we put you in swimming lessons every other day for a whole month. That was what finally pushed you over the edge (pun intended) and now you’re a regular fish! Just like with skiing, you are proud of your newfound independence and strength; the last time we went to Sebago, you refused to come out of the water for hours on end.
- You read by yourself (sensing a theme here?) Around October of your kindergarten year, you started reading sight words. By December, you were putting simple sentences together. And now, in February you bring home a small bag of books each Friday that you proudly read to me and Baxter at bedtime. You are determined in sounding out the words and making sure it all makes sense, and I am so proud to see you working so hard at something! You have really developed your perseverance this year, which will take you far.
- What you do for fun: listen to your ipod, take dance classes, go to cooking camp, paint and draw with dad. You have continued your artistic streak that has always been a part of you; nothing makes you happier or keeps you busier than putting on a flowing dress and dancing all around the house. You love to help bake and cook, and you’ll try anything once! Sometimes you and Dad make art together–painting the backyard on a snowy afternoon, or drawing the bowl of fruit on our table.
- You have a fear of dying. I’m sad to say that I have somehow passed this crazy anxiety on to you. When I was five or six, I would sometimes come running home crying and tell Nanny and Grampy “I don’t want to die!” I still sometimes have anxious moments about death, and overcame a series of panic attacks when you two were babies. For the past year, you have been showing the same anxiety; you are awfully afraid of death and what happens to people after they die. Unfortunately I’m not much help to you in these moments, so Dad has tried to step in. We’ve read books about it, and we try to talk matter of factly. But I’m right there with you, girl. I hate the not-knowing.
- Cross country road trip! In the summer of 2018 we drove to Michigan, then flew to Denver. We spent a whole week driving, camping, exploring national parks and forests (Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and the San Juan National Forest). We hiked to the highest elevations you’ve ever been, we got stuck on a mountain train for six hours, we ate marshmallows the size of our face, we slept at the bottom of a canyon, and we laughed the whole time. We can’t wait for our next adventure!
- Being in Uncle Tommy and Aunt Anna’s wedding. If I had to guess, I think this is your life achievement so far. You love Aunt Anna to death, and you were so pleased when they asked you to be the flower girl! You talked about it and practiced for months. When it came to your big moment, you suddenly got a little shy and pretty much ran down the aisle. But I’m sure it’s a moment you will never forget–and neither will I! The best part, for me, was that we got to walk back down the aisle together, following Tommy and Anna out of the ceremony. You are my sunshine, ‘Bee.
So that’s pretty much the story, Charlabee, of the year between age 5 and age 6. It was busy. But it was full of laughs, not many tears, and so much growth and maturation. You are an intelligent, kind, sensitive, and easy going young lady, and we have a lot of fun ahead of us. Dad and I love to you to the moon and back!