My dear Little Prince,
So this is four? Four trips around the sun. Four years old…
Four years of tantrums and giggles, adventures and growth. And this last year was exceptional for so many reasons. You became a big brother. You lost out on story time at Library. You went camping for the first time. You learned all about wearing masks. Tantrums. Joy. Up and down. Good and bad. A year as a rollercoaster as, truthfully, most are. Perhaps this year was more down than up? That’s hard to say. It was certainly different in unexpected ways. I’ll venture that it was still a very good year for you.
And you have another good year ahead of you. You’re going to learn so much. You’ve already started practicing riding a bike and writing your name. You’ve been listening in on your big brother’s math and language lessons and know some of that already as well. This year you’ll pick up even more without even trying. That’s a bonus of being a younger brother. The eldest child will always be the first at everything but the younger siblings will pick up things faster because they’ve heard it before, seen it before. I know. I’m a younger brother myself.
Also like me, you are incredibly empathetic. The Queen and I adore that about you. It’s an admirable trait for sure. It means you will have some tough days because you feel not just for yourself but for all of us. There has been a lot to feel this year. And, likely, that will always be true in different ways. You’ll turn this trait into a skill you can wield to conquer worlds. You have that charm and that fire.
It will not all be smooth sailing, of course. You will still have your struggles. But, they will get easier. Each day, week, and month. You’ll really start to get an understanding of some of the nuances that make our little family tick, and the wider world as a whole too. And those rough patches of misunderstandings and tantrums will become fewer and farther between.
And I can’t wait to see how different you are in another year.