6 years old today!
Today you turn 6 years-old. You’ve never been more independent than you are today.
To me, as your Daddy, that’s what makes this birthday special. That’s what makes you so grown-up now.
This is your first birthday as a kid who is not in day care or preschool.
This is your first birthday as a boy who is able to sound out and read words.
This is your first birthday as a big brother.
I love seeing you develop your own style and identity. You chose on your own that you wanted a Mohawk last week. It goes well with your green army jacket. This is you becoming you.
It is an honor for me to raise you into the next stage of boyhood.
I won’t deny that as your Daddy, I am attempting to raise you in a way that gives you things I didn’t have when I was your age. I don’t mean material items.
In particular, I’m referring to self-confidence.
As a kid, I was shy and unsure of myself. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was. I didn’t start truly gaining confidence and formulating my own identity until was about twice your age, when I was in junior high.
But I can already see, at age 6, you already have it.
And that’s something I’ll continue to nurture in you. Our quality time together is often based on me pushing you to try new adventurous things.
Though I’m very happy about how my life turned out, I still want even better for you. Undeniably, you are smarter than I was. It’s easy for me to imagine all amazing ways you’ll be able to apply that intelligence along with your confidence.
I know that with you, I have something special. I am raising an exceptional boy. I love you more than you can know.