Thursday, April 05, 2007
6 Year Old Boy
My first born is 6 today. He asked to have a night in the "family bed" for his birthday. We let him sleep with us, he's a deep sleeper, a good cuddler. On the eve of his 6th birthday, he felt compelled to return to babyhood. Kindergarten has been challenging for Elliot. He senses the big changes ahead, more responsibility, less silliness, work, work, work. Who wants to sit still, practicing letter formation when you could be chasing the girls around at recess? School is hard, it is challenging. He makes mistakes, his fine motor skills betray his creative, curious intellect. He's expected to act like his most grown up self at school. But he's not ready to leave babyhood completely behind. As Robert Munsch wrote, "I'll love you forever. I'll like you for always. As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be."