Monday, June 20, 2016

To My Middle Child On Your 6th Birthday

My dear little Harrison,

This has been quite the year for you! You have grown and changed in the last year more than I could have ever imagined. We made a last minute decision to throw you into the Kindergarten year at the end of last summer. We were so unsure of our decision and fretted every step of the way through the school year. In the end, you proved how wrong we were (mostly how wrong I was). You had very little issues acclimating to Kindergarten, made friends (your gym teacher informed us that you're quite the ladies man), and bypassed all of the Kindergarten benchmarks at the end of the year, putting to rest all of our fears of if we did the right thing.

You will always be my child that is so full of surprises. You will always keep me on my toes. Life is never dull when you're around....although it's a lot quieter! Not only did you learn to read, do math, and all that jazz, but you did something else that I have been waiting for: you gained independence. I am so proud of you for all of your hard work and determination these last few months.

You continue to LOVE all thrill rides and are looking forward to our white water rafting adventure. You share my love for road trips. You love music, dancing, and singing. You're still deathly afraid of dogs and most animals....yet you still ask me for a puppy constantly. I would be shocked by this if anyone BUT YOU asked me this. You love your new bunk bed and sleeping on the top (and you've only fallen out twice messing around at bedtime).

You developed quite the love for granola bars, berries (finally!), egg drop soup, fake nails, Princesses, babies, and being "a big brother." I love all of your little quirks and your love for life shines through your eyes. You sense of wonder about life and your willingness to love anything is contagious. You ask the best questions, still full of innocence and curiosity.

Six is going to be a fantastic year for you, I just know it! There will be plenty of road trips, hotel stays, and enough adventures to feed your curious mind. If you wanted to tame down your Wild Card aspect, I wouldn't mind it, but I'll always appreciate your ability to shock us all. I love you so much. Thank you for giving me a front seat ride to your craziness. 

Love you more than lollipops.