Dear Holly: Your 1st Real Snow, In February 2021

4 years, 9 months.

Dear Holly,

It snows at least once a year here in Tennessee, but only once every several years we do have a decent blizzard allows all the kids to be out of school for a week and play in the snow for multiple days.

So with you being almost 5 years old, it’s taken your entire life for you to really get a chance to play in snow.

Yesterday, Mommy and your brother took turns taking you down the cul-de-sac in our sled.

Plus, you simply loved just walking around and marveling at the concept of snow all around you!

 

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: What Your Classmates Said About You on Valentine’s Day

10 years, 3 months.

Dear Jack,

When I try to imagine what you are like at school, I imagine a boy who is not afraid to raise his hand to give the teacher the correct answer or to ask a relevant question.

I imagine a very studious boy who takes rules very seriously.

And I definitely am right about my perception.

However, last week I learned beyond that, how your classmates perceive you.

For Valentine’s Day, your teacher had all of you students write an adjective about each student.

The majority of your classmates chose to the word “funny”!

I knew you were smart, but I didn’t realize you also make your classmates laugh so much!

That’s… funny!

Love,

Daddy

 

Dear Holly: You Got to Be a Little Dragon with a Green Tail

4 years, 9 months.

Dear Holly,

You love it when your brother invites you to play dress-up using his random superhero accessories and Dollar Store plastic weapons.

He spent much of last week teaching himself to braid yarn; he made you a special green one.

So when it came time for you two to play dress-up last Saturday morning, he placed the green braid on you.

You announced to me, “Daddy, look! I’m a dragon!”

Then you turned around, announcing, “See, here’s my tail!”.

Had we let you go out in public that day dressed in your dragon attire, I’m sure you would have!

 

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Silly Saturday Morning Dress Up

10 years, 2 months.

Dear Jack,

Last Saturday morning while Mommy and I were getting the house cleaned, you helped us out by taking care of your sister.

I gave zero thought to whatever was keeping the two of you entertained upstairs. I was just glad you were able to entertain yourselves and have fun; as kids should on a Saturday morning.

Once the cleaning was complete, you and your sister ceremonially made your way down the stairs for the big reveal.

You were both dressed up as some strange mix of superheroes and warriors; weapons included.

That’s a Saturday morning well spent!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Your Homemade Fishing Pole and Net

10 years, 2 months.

Dear Jack,

One of the life lessons I am currently reminding myself of is this: Be prepared for great memories to be made… especially when life itself is a distraction.

You spent most of your free time last week creating a fishing and pole and net. This was complete your idea.

It started when you asked me to go out to the woods with you to cut down some bamboo sticks, to use as the rods.

Then you used my old pocket knife from when I was a boy to carve notches in the poles for the hooks to stay secured in, when not in use.

You also used a bamboo stick to securely tape to an old net you found at the park last year.

The net turned out to be a good decision, because it was way to cold last Saturday morning for any fish to show up in the nearby creeks. Instead, your prize catch with a pretty decent sized crawfish.

I am proud of you for taking it upon yourself to invite me to make memories like this.

Love,

Daddy