Dear Little Prince,
Though you aren’t so little anymore, are you? With six years behind you. With most of Kindergarten behind you. With all of the adventures you’ve had in the last year. Piano lessons. Archery lessons. Snowboarding in Mammoth. Snowboarding in Colorado. Growing into the role of big brother, champion of and for the Littler Prince. I don’t have the right words to tell you how proud I am of you, but that won’t stop me from trying.
I catch glimpses of the person you are becoming and have no doubt that you will change the world. You are fiercely passionate and, while that can get you in trouble from time to time, that drive will see you take control of your environment and shape it into what it should be. You are a leader and will have the charisma to inspire. You still ask thousands of questions a day, and that curiosity about the world, that drive to understand, will also work for you. It already is as you grasp new concepts and better yourself, gain knowledge. You happily tackle new projects. You want to over-achieve not because you want to be better than anyone else but because you genuinely are interested in things beyond what society has deemed appropriate for your age. Your passion and your inquisitiveness will help you succeed in whatever you choose to with your life.
You love your brother and want to see him succeed as well. That too can get you in trouble when you try to be a parent to him but the two of you will figure that out over the coming years and will be friends for life. That friendship will be more valuable than you know. You are putting in the hard work now to build that relationship when he is too young to understand more than it is fun to drive you crazy. Stick with it and he will support you in everything you ever do. As a younger brother myself, I know this to be true.
We have our rough moments, of course. You still have so much to learn about being a part of this family and being a part of this world. Every single day, though, you surprise me with how much you’ve already learned and sometimes that makes me forget how much you still need to learn. I do my best to be patient and to give you the space and time you need to figure things out and I’m sorry that I sometimes fail you. We’ll get there eventually. We’ll figure this thing out together. I have no doubts about that. We are both too stubborn not to.
So, I’ll continue doing everything I can to help you become the best person you can be and I’m looking forward to seeing what the next year brings for you. New adventures. New knowledge. New wisdom. I think your sixth year will be even more amazing than your fifth.