Ali's Adventures

December 13, 2011

Now you are six

Filed under: Kids — by Alison @ 11:02 pm

I haven’t really accepted that you are six. Six seems big, we need both hands to show off your age. I shouldn’t really be surprised by this, or maybe it just seems that since you’ve been in grade one you’re already into that school-aged category. There are so many wonderful things about you at six. You have a very strong sense of loyalty, and will defend your friends when you feel they are being slighted. You also have a strong sense of how things should be done, deviation from the school routine is not met well. I believe you have straightened out a few supply teachers who have dared alter the regular way things are done. Once you’ve decided on a course of action, it’s hard to deter you. It’s also hard to convince you that you’re sometimes wrong. I’m not sure why I get into those discussions with you, but I am a better source of information that your classmate on world events or the Senators.

You are also learning and growing so much. Your reading, writing and comprehension are such fun to witness. It’s wonderful to see you pick up books you struggled with a few nmonths ago and read them with ease. You’ve put a lot of effort into your school work and deserve to feel proud of your accomplishments. You’ve also started dancing, and while you may have inherited my sense of rhythm, you do show a joy while you dance that’s a real treat. Seeing you perform at the senior’s residence last week brought me to tears.

It isn’t always easy between you and me. We’re too similar in some ways. Those are the qualities I love about you, I just don’t want them to cause you problems later. So, I’ll work to help you temper some of your impulses to make things a bit smoother.

But I love you so much. I love that you want to wake up your brother in the morning so that he hugs you first. I love that you think your friend controls the snow. I love that you still call us Mommy and Daddy. I love the way you move your hands when you talk. I love that you want to act our your stories for me so that I understand them better. I love that you create these really elaborate “maybe they” scenarios about completely random things.

I love all of you.

This upcoming year will be one of change. We’re moving and leaving our large and loving extended family here. You’ll be switching schools in the middle of the year. I hope that through all of this, you’ll be okay. You’re strong and loving, and I want to keep you protected and safe. So Happy Birthday to my wonderful daughter. I love you sweetheart.


  1. That is beautiful Alison.

    Comment by Capital Mom — December 14, 2011 @ 8:25 am |Reply

  2. For some reason grade one and needing both hands to count your age make six seem like its going to be harder for me to accept than five was! I hope you print this and frame it for her….what a beautiful birthday gift.

    Comment by Sara — December 14, 2011 @ 8:39 pm |Reply

  3. I know it’s been said, but it’s true: simply beautiful.

    Comment by Sasha — December 20, 2011 @ 11:10 am |Reply

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