you are 8 years old now. ohmygoodness. i know i say this every year. i will continue to say this every year. but 8 sounds so big. you are in second grade now. that is no joke, my friend. it’s not kidding around anymore, you are in school. i know where the time went, i just can’t believe it went so quickly.
but 8 suits you. you like school and you like second grade. you have a great teacher – ms kelley – and good para a good helper. you mostly behave well at school, although it is getting easier to lead you astray into goofing off or into just plain giggles. honestly, i have been waiting for this to happen for 2 whole school years, so i’m not very surprised. we talk about how it’s important to try to stay focused and not to get too distracted and not to be part of the problem. sometimes you try, sometimes you don’t. it’s okay. you are still only 8.
7 was an up and down year for you. a lot of this year, developmentally, is about drawing inward and spending a lot of time thinking about how you have been wronged about the world. which is a pretty amazing thing, actually. but not particularly amusing to live through as parent. oh the injustices you suffered! still i think you came out ahead overall, and we none of us are particularly worse for the wear.
you’ve become much more skilled at soccer this year. you focus more at practice and your coordination – always solid – is improving even more. you enjoyed watching the world cup this past summer very much and even play a FIFA world cup game on the iPad. you get into arguments about who is the best goalie now and who was the best goalie ever. you know stats and names and other things i have no interest or reference to at all. it’s fascinating to see what you absorb.
you still love your friends. you are still close to lucas and you like to see ezra (and his wii, but also ezra himself, i was relieved to see) and you often report back about your somewhat fluid of best friends at school. they always have an acronym (usually everyone’s first initials) and there is always a theme of some sort, but it tends to be toby and himmer and angelo and jethro. other boys come and go as well. it’s interesting that only toby is in your classroom – i like seeing that you are able to maintain some friendships at school who are not in your room. you like have sleepovers and sleeping over.
like most kids your age, you like eating pizza the most. you like ice cream and cake and think chocolate is ok. you like “classic chips” because i won’t buy you doritos and you will trade the snacks i send you in for the contraband you prefer at school. you will eat most things i feed you these days at dinner and breakfast and with minimal, though, so i don’t mind.
you like the beach but only with friends, although you’ve really started to venture into the water more and have finally discovered the fun of sand castles. you enjoyed the very big snows that we had this year, helping with shoveling and scaling snow mounds and jumping off of porches. next year we may get you a snowboard as you’ve been attempting to use the sled in the same way. you are happiest when you are mobile, although you believe you are happiest holding the iPad.
you love to play clash of clans, lego star wars, plants vs zombies 2, and many other games with fighting and blasting. you still love star wars and clone wars and you delighted in showing the star wars movies to calum. you like watching the clone wars cartoons and you learned about slugterra from kids at school. calum likes it too.
you are more into legos this year than you were last year, although you still like board and card games best if you can get someone to play them with you. you like reading a lot as well, and you have been devouring books (how to train your dragon, henry huggins, geronimo stilton) and graphic novels (owlsy, princeless, lunch lady books, the saga of rex, amulet, clone wars adventures and more) alike. you will even graciously read to both of your brothers from time to time and they love that too. sometimes you and i read the same books or graphic novels (sometimes i read things first to make sure they are okay for you) and it’s so fun to talk about the plots and characters with you.
you choose and make your own lunch in the morning 4 days a week (on fridays you get school pizza) and you and your brother have started choosing a meal about once a week for dinner. sometimes i have you help me make it too, something you find interesting and scary. but you are using a knife regular now and doing more brave things. maybe this summer i will finally get you a chance to start chopping things.
your teachers remark about how thoughtful and kind you are to others at school and that is so good to hear. you are great with your brothers, but of course they make you crazy too (and you them).
we are very proud of you, august, and we love you so much too. happy 8th birthday!