Dear Holly: I Now Realize You are an Enneagram 2, “The Helper”

6 years, 1 month.

Dear Holly,

Up until this past week, I didn’t question you being an Enneagram 7, the Scattered Enthusiast.

But then I discovered a few of your notes that you thoughtfully wrote for your brother and let in his room.

That’s when it hit me: It couldn’t be any more obvious that you are an Enneagram 2, The Helper:

Empathetic, sincere, warm-hearted.

One of the notes you proactively wrote for your brother was because he “cleaned out the junk” in his room… and gave it to you!

I almost feel silly not realizing this until now…

Because something I always say to you is, “Holly’s such a good little helper!”

You’ve been an Enneagram 2 the entire time.

 

Love,

Daddy

 

Dear Holly: Our Visit to the Alpaca Farm

6 years, 1 month.

Dear Holly,

A few weekends ago, Mommy set us up with a visit to Mistletoe Farm, where our family was able to hang out with alpacas!

It’s funny to think that a whole farm of alpacas is just down the road from where we live; that though alpacas are animals native to South America, that they can live here in Tennessee as well!

And of course, Mommy and I let you pick out your own little alpaca souvenir to take home, which was made using real alpaca wool from the alpacas we met at the farm that day!

 

Love,

Daddy

 

Dear Jack: Your Graduation to Middle School

11 years, 7 months.

Dear Jack,

This was a big week for you. Your school held a very special graduation ceremony for all the 5th grade classes, celebrating the past 6 years of elementary school, while sending you off with excitement to middle school.

You took it upon yourself to wear your snazzy bowtie for this special occasion!

I tried, but there has been nothing I could do to help live in the moment any more than I have, as I’ve watched you grow up these past 11 and a half years.

The best I could do has been to write to you every single week of your life, to capture a glimpse of what was going on so that our family would be able to revisit.

You are growing up. And I couldn’t be prouder of you.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: You’ve Now Graduated Kindergarten!

6 years, 1 month.

Dear Holly,

Yesterday morning I stood with you and your brother at the bus stop across from our house, for the last time; since your brother will be getting on a different bus at a different time, when he starts Middle School this fall.

It’s been our family tradition all this year for me to wait outside with both of you every morning for the bus.

But you are very excited about starting 1st grade next year!

This has been such a perfect Kindergarten year for you.

As for now, it’s time to enjoy the summer!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Your Final Week of Elementary School

11 years, 7 months.

Dear Jack,

Exactly a week ago, I took you to STREAM Night at your school, where each class of each grade sponsored a unique science activity or craft for the rest of the school to participate in.

You were chosen for a 30 minute shift to host the “Snap Circuits” activity for your 5th grade class. Once we got there, you noticed there wasn’t a teacher there to explain what to do.

But leave it to you, it only took you a minute to figure out how to put the circuits together to make the gears move.

And from there, you were successfully able to show the younger kids how to do the activity.

Yep, I’d say your ready for Junior High!

 

Love,

Daddy