Dear Jack: You’re Still Young Enough to Be a Boy Who Does Silly Boy Things

10 years, 9 months.

Dear Jack,

In a few months, you’ll be turning 11 years old; taking you further into the preteen years. Even so, I still catch glimpses of you doing classic boy things; like the way I remember you when you were much younger.

This weekend, you spent several hours testing out Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty versus some generic slime you still had from Valentine’s Day.

You decided a good experiment would be to poke a straw in each clump and blow air until the point it exploded. Of course, you gave me a play-by-play commentary during the entire event.

I couldn’t help but think to myself: Enjoy these moments.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Taekwondo is a Great Fit for You!

10 years, 9 months.

Dear Jack,

For the past few years now, you’ve been asking to take martial arts lessons. Well, the time has finally come:

You officially started taking taekwondo last week at a place right around the corner from where we live.

I can appreciate being there to watch you during your lessons. It’s obvious you need and crave the organized structure. You also specifically like the fact that so much of the lesson is spoken in Korean.

You started just in time, because they are having an official picnic at the park for all the students and parents to be able to meet each other.

I am so happy to be involved in taking you to these classes and see your appreciation of being there.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: You Started Taking Gymnastics This Week!

5 years, 3 months.

Dear Holly,

After your successful dance recital this summer, you decided your next challenge to take on shall be gymnastics class.

So now, every Tuesday night, while I take your brother to taekwondo, Mommy drives you to the other side of town for gymnastics.

I’ve been noticing how you always look for a way to turn anything into a balance beam.

Like this past weekend when our family visited Hatcher Family Dairy and you insisted on walking along the rock path, which was a bit of a drop down to the grass.

I think you are going to love gymnastics class!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: Your 1st Day of Kindergarten is Today!

5 years, 3 months.

Dear Holly,

This morning, Mommy and I will be tool you to school, for your very first day of Kindergarten!

You are so excited that this time has finally come. I am already imagining all the friends you will soon make- as well as how much you will love your teacher.

I’m so glad that your brother will be there with you at the same school, especially as he be next to you as you ride the bus.

There’s no part of you that seems nervous about starting Kindergarten. I’m convinced- you’re gonna love it!

Love,

Daddy

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