Dear Robby Koopa,
Today you are eight years old. Wasn't it just
yesterday that I was a scared new mom holding you in my arms for the
first time? I was so scared about being a good mom and although I have
become more comfortable in the role, I continue to worry. The years have
flown by so quickly that it feels like a blur.
Being your mom is one of the greatest joys in my life, and you are among
my proudest achievements. This year has brought many changes for you,
from going to a new school to becoming a big brother. You are much like
me when it comes to change. We don't like it, but we always rise to the
occasion and make the best of the situation. I am so proud of how you
have accepted and grown into your new roles.
Adjusting to the family growing from a triad to a quartet has been difficult, but I am so proud of you. I find it amazing that a child your age can so aptly put words to your feelings and emotions. Rather than keeping everything inside, you feel comfortable saying, "Momom, I'm feeling jealous today." I hope that you will always find it easy to talk with me about what you are feeling and thinking!
At last count you have over 20 stuffed turtles. Somehow you remember all of their names and how you obtained them, yet you can't remember to bring your lunchbox home from school.
This afternoon I'll
be bringing chicken nuggets and a cake to your school for your birthday
celebration. I made you a special turtle cake for the occasion and your Daddy bought a pinata to surprise your class. I can't wait to see the smile on your face when I walk into the classroom with chicken nuggets and french fries for your class!
Although I'll be there for the party, I know that your
interactions with me will be limited. You won't be embarrassed. You'll
simply be too busy playing with your friends to talk to me. Seeing you
play with your peers, and watching your relationships grow warms my
heart. While I miss being your best buddy and playmate, knowing that
you are part of a thriving social circle softens the blow. I continue
to be amazed with your confidence in social situations. You are
self-assured, kind and compassionate. These traits are your strengths
and will take you far in this world.
One of my fondest memories
is of us riding all the slides on vacation in Atlantis. We had so much
fun splashing around, telling knock knock jokes and pranking your Dad.
You certainly were in your element at the all-you-can-eat buffet,
especially the bacon station.!
As much as I want to hit the pause button
on your childhood I know it isn't possible. I'm so thankful that I have a
heart full of wonderful memories!
I am looking forward to
watching you continue to grow and thrive during the next year. Please
know how much we adore you. I love you the moon, and the sun and all the
stars in the sky.
p.s. This is the outfit you carefully selected to wear to school. You insisted that we tack the Ace of Spades in the hatband, just like a real Koopa Cowboy.