Saturday, March 13, 2010

Thing 1 Turns Six Years Old

My oldest son, Thing 1, turned six years old yesterday.

I know how cliche this sounds, but where did the time go????

Thing 1, you have informed me that age six is officially the age one becomes a "big boy". Although you are slight in both frame and stature, I will definitely concede that you are my big boy. You are taller now and so many of your pants are quickly making their way up your shin bone. You are the big brother, willingly stepping in as a sibling role model for both Things 2 and 3.

And they both adore you. They look up to you. They emulate you. You are their whole world - and I know it won't always be like this for they will grow and get older and new people will enter their worlds - but for now they are completely content to "do what you do", and to spend as much time with you as possible. While you are sometimes less patient with your brother, it seems your sister has captured your heart for life. You always take her hand when walking down the street, pick up a discarded "baby" she has lost, and explain to her the ins and outs of any and all rules of our home. You tell the world emphatically, everywhere we go, "this is my little sister!".

It seems as you embark on boyhood you are leaving all remnants of being a little kid behind you. You are an expert bike rider now and you love to zoom up and down our street as fast you can - you have even started "off-road" biking and instilling fear in me every time you shout, "look mom, no hands!". After much wearing me down, I caved in and bought you a skateboard for your birthday. You are enthralled with skateboards, and snowboards for that matter. And no matter how mature you may be as you scoot down the street on your new skateboard, I personally think you look absolutely adorable in your new helmet, knee, and elbow pads.

You completed another year of skating lessons this year and were one of the best in your class. You played lots of hockey at the outdoor rink with Daddy this winter, and have informed us you are indeed ready for us to sign you up for hockey in the fall. You also completed your first round of swimming lessons in December, and are nearly swimming by yourself now. You love the water and could spend hours jumping in, splashing, and swimming around. We have enrolled you in T-ball for the spring, as it was your favourite sport last summer.

Like your mother, patience is not your strong suit. But I am in awe watching you mature this year and learn to spend more and more time on tasks like reading and writing. You're getting a fair amount of homework in Senior Kindergarten this year, and for the most part we are able to complete it with ease. You have blossomed into a real social butterfly, and have both a group of friends at school and in our neighbourhood. You are sensitive and passionate and creative, other traits of your also-Pisces-born mother. You are able to look at things and see what others do not. You are always the child to find a use for a toy that has never been attempted before. You create the games, and like to assign roles to others. While you enjoy television and video games at times, you are happiest running free and playing a game of your own creation. I have come to enjoy our afternoon board game championships, and will cherish these times for years to come.

In some ways you are a predictable six-year-old. You love Pokemon, Lego, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, GI Joe, sports, and jokes about poop. In other ways you are wise beyond your years, sharing a keen understanding of the world and how it works, the intricacies of relationships, and the importance of love and kindness.

I simply couldn't be more proud.

Happy Sixth Birthday, Thing 1. Thank you for making every single day spectacular for me.

12 comments:

Amber said...

Happy birthday to your 6-year-old! And happy birth-ing day to you. The time just flies by, doesn't it?

Aidan Donnelley Rowley @ Ivy League Insecurities said...

Happy birthday to your big boy! These words are so sweet, stuffed with genuine and articulate emotion. I have no doubt that you and your son will treasure this lovely birthday ode for years to come.

Thrilled to have found your blog through the wonderful Christine at Coffess & Commutes. I really enjoyed your thoughtful guest post there.

Capital Mom said...

Are they licking each other? I love that photo.

And much, much birthday wishes.

Donna M said...

What a lovely post Shannon. You have done your son proud!

Tracy said...

New follower here! Your post is so sweet - I hope you let him read it. I have an almost 6 year old myself and it is amazing how quickly it has all gone by!

Christine said...

This is just awesome! I had a tear or two for you. It's evident that you love every minute!

Chantal said...

So sweet, they really do grow up fast. That first photo is a riot!

BeachMama said...

Happiest of Birthdays Thing 1! I hope you enjoy your new skateboard and helmet (don't forget your helmet). And keep on growing up, just not too fast or Mom might get a bit sad.

Shan said...

Beautiful post. Happy birthday!!

Kristen @ Motherese said...

What a beautiful tribute to your big boy! I am going to have to tell my two-year-old that he's going to have to stop referring to himself as a "big boy" now that I've seen the real deal. ;)

So pleased to have found your blog through your guest post at Christine's!

Loukia said...

Happy Birthday to your first-born! OMG. 6 years old...

dougnlarry said...

Happy Birthday Peter! I can't blieve he is 6 already!!

 
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