Dear Jack: Your 1st Week as a 5th Grader

10 years, 8 months.

Dear Jack,

Even though it was exactly 30 years ago that I started 5th grade, it still feels like you are catching up to me somehow. I suppose it’s because I’ve retained more of my life’s memories since I was in 5th grade; as opposed to previous school grades you have passed through.

This week you tried out a free class of martial arts- and you completely loved it!

I am glad you did, because I recognize you need a place to channel your energy, and you definitely are craving structure from an outside institution beyond our home, our church, and your school.

For the first time in your school career, you are the oldest grade of the whole place; as your sister is beginning Kindergarten today.

This is a big year for you both!

Love,

Daddy

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