Sunday, November 13, 2011

Letter to Nathaniel: Two and a quarter years

Dear Nate,

I'm not naming any names, but somebody starts school tomorrow and is SO excited, that he never wants to take off his big boy backpack (or his jammies, but that has nothing to do with starting school):

When I was filling out the paperwork for school, I came to a section which asked about your strengths and weaknesses.  I had a hard time with the section because there was only a tiny space for your strengths and I couldn't think of anything to put down for your "weaknesses."  So I attached a three page addendum for your strengths (just kidding, I put "communication skills" and had to write really small to fit it in) and asked Daddy to help me think of a weakness.  He was no help.

Now, don't get me wrong, we know that no one is perfect. But I just wouldn't call any of the challenges we face while parenting you a "weakness."  They tend to fall into two categories (1) personality traits that make you a tough nut to crack when it comes to developing and maintaining healthy sleep habits and (2) traits you have because you're two.

As far as (1) goes, you are persistent, extremely active, full of energy and sensitive to changes in your sleep routine.  With the exception of being sensitive to changes in your sleep routine (and that info wouldn't help your teaches out), I wouldn't call any of those weaknesses. Those are strengths. And as far as (2) goes - do you get frustrated when you can't accomplish your goals - especially when they relate to your independence? Sure. Do you whine sometimes? Of course. Can you always control your impulses? Nope. Do you test me? Absolutely. But none of these are character traits that I would define as a weakness. You behave this way because you're two. And if you didn't behave these ways from time to time, I'd probably be a little worried. So I guess for weaknesses, I'm just going to put: "Two years old."  And I guess I'll have to be satisfied that they'll figure out all of your strengths as they get to know you.

Speaking of your strengths, have I told you lately how much I love your sense of style?

I'd stay in my pajamas all day if given the choice too.

And you know what else I love about you? How sweet and affectionate you are towards me, Daddy and Ava. I know that when you are ten, chances are you won't be hugging and kissing me while telling me that you love me and I am your best friend. So I am going to enjoy it for as long as I am lucky enough to have it last (a couple more years? please???).

I love you more than tongue can tell.

~ Mommy
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