You are so silly! Sometimes, because your brother is sleeping, I will ask you to calm down. Stop running. Stop sneaking up on me. Stop making so much noise. Stop hopping. Stop skipping. But please know this is something Mommy is working on correcting. I don’t want you to stop being silly. I want you to climb trees and pretend like you’re a ninja, roll your race cars on the floor and fly past to see if you can outrun them, practice skipping until you are the best, darned expert skipper this side of the Mississippi, make silly faces in the mirror…just be silly! Life is serious enough on its own. You’re only a second grader. Mommy should let you be a second grader sometimes.
Speaking of second grade, when did you get so old? When you were Wink’s age, I thought a week lasted an eternity. You cried nonstop. You were inconsolable for four and a half months. Time picked up after that though, and now you’re getting ready for second grade! I love that you love school. You love learning. You love your friends. You love your teachers. It is so fun taking you to orientation at the beginning of every school year, and seeing the excitement on your face as you walk into your new classroom and greet your friends with hugs. It’s even more fun watching you chase down and corner the boys until they have no choice but to hug you! Don’t worry. They’ll come around! And please, don’t worry if you don’t get an A+ on every assignment, test, and quiz. Mommy and Daddy are always proud of you if you do your best. I don’t know where you got the notion that your grades need to be perfect. Do your best. Be proud of your good grades, and learn from your not-so-good ones. Mommy and Daddy will always be proud of you, no matter what!
Lastly, Mommy would like to thank you for being such a good big sister. You love your brother so much, and it makes me so happy to see that! You hate it when he cries – not because it’s loud, but because you know he’s unhappy. It broke my heart when, at his vaccinations, you both ended up in tears! You are very empathetic, and that is very special quality in a child your age.
You make Mommy and Daddy proud everyday! I love you very much, my silly, silly, Squid!