Dear Little Prince,
What a ride? What a journey? What an adventure?
Yes, yes, they aren’t always good adventures… that’s not the point and I think you are now aware enough and old enough to begin to understand that. We adventure in this kingdom. Sometimes those adventures are fun. Sometimes those adventures are work. Always, always, we do it together and see our way through. That’s at the core of being part of this family.
First grade and a pandemic. A growing little brother that adores you and tortures you in equal measure. Star Wars, Harry Potter (again), bike rides, hikes, math worksheets, and the never ending stream of questions. They whys, the whats the hows, the whens. Never ending. Your curiosity is as fierce as it has ever been, as fierce as your confidence and stubbornness. It is these qualities that will have you rise up to rule the world one day. I joke but I’m serious at the same time.
You’re still a weed, getting taller and faster and stronger and learning all the time, sponging in the obscure facts from the history of the world audiobooks you listen to on repeat. You still struggle with some lessons and most of those are the ones we all struggle with: patience, impulse control, patience, empathy and patience. Don’t worry overly much about that, though. In time, you’ll learn these lessons as well as any of the rest of us have.
I know I’m too hard on you sometimes and I hope you can forgive me. I see this greatness in you and I want to get every bit of it to come out and shine. So about that patience? Yes, I know, it is one of my faults as well. As I said, we all struggle with it at times. You’ll get there. I know you will.
You’ll get there flying on your bike and running up those trails. You’ll get there with your lego learned engineering and artistic skills that already outstrip my own. You’ll get there with your passion and confidence. And then you will shine, shine, shine till I go blind from the burning brilliance and my refusal to look away, out of pride and love and my own stubbornness.
You keep being you. Trust in that. You’ll see. You will move mountains, as they say.
Love you kiddo,