16 April 2015

My Darling Six Year Old.

His last day as a Five Year Old.

I wrote this a couple of days ago in the midst of mayhem:

My Darling Six Year Old,

Today is the last day that you are five.  It is such a milestone that it breaks my heart, but heals it and makes it swell all at the same time.

You are an extraordinary little boy and we love you with everything we have, your beautiful brother and I.

I miss you now you are at school, but oh my, you have thrived.  You read and write confidently and well and make me so proud.  Sometimes, you look so grown up you take me completely by surprise.

But that's you all over - full of them!  You were a surprise when you came and you have surprised and delighted everyone who knows you with your infectious enthusiasm for every single little thing since.  You act like you waited twenty years to come and now you're here and you can hardly believe it!  You are excited and happy and make us all laugh and we have finally found your thing - the 'thing' I've known you needed before it actually presented itself.

It's not Sport, despite your ability and like we suspected it might be, but Drama.  You were the star of your Nativity show, bringing deserving comments about your dancing, strong singing and natural performing.  You amazed us all and, as I overheard peoples' remarks about 'that little boy at the front' and watched those in-born jazz hands for the very first time, it hit me.  Of course!  And my joy knew no bounds.  You are teaching me that.

We signed you up for classes at school and your teacher asked how long you'd been doing ballet, when you've never been in your life!  You've just got it kid and you've got it in spades.

That you still want to wear your superhero suits or costumes rather than common clothes at every opportunity says so much about you.  You insist it's because they are more comfortable than jeans, but, really, it's who you are.  You are a superhero.

I think you tried to come before we finally managed it, but I kept losing you.  It just feels that way when I lie with you at night, holding you - when we are peaceful.  And I am grateful that you kept trying and that you came, that you are here and I have this privilege of knowing you and loving you. You are a gift, always have been, are fearless and refreshing and adorable.  And will be six years old tomorrow - the best six years of my life, thank you.

They have been exhausting and exhilarating in equal measure!  May you remain bouncy, cheeky and charming.  May you (please) tease you brother less mercilessly.  May you continue to fill me with wonder and, most importantly, at six years old, still be you.

All my love in the world,

Mummy,
XXXXXX.

41 comments:

  1. What a lovely post! Happy Birthday little man - hope you have a wonderful day! :) x

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  2. A lovely post about your six year old Anya.

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  3. Love that photo and your post. :)
    Happy birthday (again). xx

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  4. He will treasure this message all of his days.

    Now stop making me cry.

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  5. What a beautiful post and a gorgeous boy. I hope that he and you had an amazing day. xx

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  6. Beautiful post. Do you do this every year? It would be so nice to look back on?

    I get scared every time my children have another birthday, I love to see them develop and grow but growing up? I don't really want them to do that!

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    1. I normally manage one or the other but am going to try harder to do them both every year now. So much changes. I find it scary too x

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  7. He's always performed at home for you and his brother. Often making you both laugh. I am SO SO SO very glad he has found an artistic outlet for this natural talent. Allowing it to flow and flourish will be the making of him. So glad you encourage your beautiful boy to be the person he is. He's SUCH an all rounder. He will treasure this blog post in years to come, as will you. I so need to get in touch with my emotions and write posts like this for Aaron. We have a big birthday coming up too, but he will be 5. Sorry my comment yesterday did not publish but I promised I'd be back ha ha
    Liska @NewMumOnline
    xx

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    1. Thank you for such a touching comment Liska. All your posts are full of emotion! Thank you for coming back when your original comment didn't take and for being so supportive of my little boy. It will mean more to you, having experienced / met him ;) XX

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  8. Belated birthday wishes to your gorgeous six-year-old son. I'm happy that he's found an outlet for all that natural talent - I hope that he continues to enjoy this as he grows up. You're so right to make the most of your sons at every age - before you know it they'll be all grown up.

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    1. Thank you Izzie. I am hoping he makes me a fortune lol! Yes, it's like they slip through your fingers and I try to treasure every moment - the ones when I am not yelling at them! x

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  9. What a gorgeous post and so lovely to read on my youngest's 6th birthday - and we celebrated as Superheroes too. I love the emotion of love, proudness and happiness that shines through in this post.

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    1. Thank you Joy. I am hoping these days remain for a long time yet X

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  10. Ahhhh this brought a tear to my eye Anya. Ozzy turns 6 next week and I'm feeling very emotional about it myself x

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  11. Ah this post is so lovely and brought a tear to my eye! Your love for him flies off the page! Xx

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  12. Happy Belated birthday! I've been looking forward to reading this post. 6 seems to be even more feisty than 5, but...silver lining is as you say, they seem to find their 'thing' and their place in the world a bit more, and be slightly more open to negotiation...have a great year!

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  13. Gorgeous post Anya, just bursting with love and pride for your wee guy. I'm so, so happy for him (and you) that he has found his thing, an outlet for all that incredible energy and enthusiasm and creativity. Good for him, and good for you having the patience to hold on until he found it, not pushing him into other activities that wouldn't have made him so happy. xx

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    1. Thank you Ruth - so glad you enjoyed it and knowing him like you do, you will get it! XX

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  14. Well Anya what a lovely letter to your little one one he will treasure always I am sure

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  15. Awww, gorgeous post Anya, Happy Birthday little man. xx

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  16. What a lovely, lovely, lovely post. I hope he had a wonderful birthday. If have still never met anyone with the amount of energy her possesses. X

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  17. Ps.... brilliant that he has such a natural flair for drama and dance.

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  18. Gorgeous post! And Happy Birthday little man! x

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  19. Such a beautiful letter! Can you imagine him reading it when he will be 16?

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