Thursday, 11 March 2021

8 years of you - An open letter to my eldest son

 Dear Dylan,

I say this every year as I sit down close to your birthday to type out my thoughts to you as I reflect on another year with you, however this year I think more than ever I truly appreciate the year we've had together. It's not been an easy one that's for sure. Life has changed this year, as I typed up your last letter the world was doing good and now it's all changed. We spent most of this year at home, we've just celebrated your birthday without friends or family and made the best of it we could. I can't quite believe a whole year has now past and we've had 8 years of you in our lives, brightening our days and sharing your world with us.

You've been a superstar, you've learnt at home for 6 months out of the year and your doing all we can ask, we've played, grown, changed and stuck together. Watching each day as you've changed, learnt and been amazed by science experiments that we usually wouldn't see has been wonderful, a small perk to the stress of juggling learning at home with everything else. 

This year we've saw you protect both Scarlet and Avery, teach them, play together and grow your bond more than ever before. When you see something cool you immediately want them to see, you look for them when your down and together you seem so much happier. Your the best big brother they could wish for! 

Your also becoming so independent, you just go off and get what you need, when you want it, no more asking for small tasks to be done by us and it's such a huge milestone for me to watch you grow into a fully independent boy, embarrassed by us fussing or trying to help. A bittersweet realization that you won't need us in the same ways anymore.

We can still see your personality changing, your love of books still growing as you enter the world of novel reading and the true feeling of getting lost in a great book is sparking inside you. Right now your enjoying reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid but our book case is ever expanding to meet your changing interests and needs.

I can't wait to see how you change over the next year, how your taste in books grows with you, if you still find your imagination that never flails and what you will be like. Will you still adore Pokémon like you do now? Will you still be kind, thoughtful and considerate of others? I hope you will, I hope we see more and more of your strong and independent personality that is caring and kind. I hope your still excited by magic potions made of food colouring and water that make you believe your magically strong or wise or invisible because I hope you hold onto your wonderful imagination forever.

Love Mummy


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