Dear Jack: You are Now a Yellow Belt in Taekwondo!

10 years, 11 months.

Dear Jack,

You have been faithfully committed to going to your weekly Taekwondo lessons at Red Tiger Martial Arts for nearly 3 months now- and this past week, your hard work paid off!

I was there to see you successfully pass your yellow belt testing; which included being able to do your poomsae (in English, “patterns” or “forms”) of blocks, punches, and kicks- as well as reciting several phrases in Korean, and most excitedly… breaking through a board on your first try!

Taekwondo is definitely your thing. You have discovered the perfect extracurricular activity to challenge you physically and mentally.

I am so proud to be there for each of your lessons- and especially your first belt testing- from white to yellow belt!

Love,

Daddy

 

Dear Jack: The Family We’ve Become in the Past Decade

10 years, 11 months.

Dear Jack,

Tonight before bedtime, as a family, we ended up randomly looking through our family’s photos on Mommy’s Facebook account. We spent about 20 minutes travelling back a solid decade; back to when you were still just a baby.

Back to when Mommy and I were brand-new parents, still in our 20s… and now we’re both 40!

And now, you’re less than a month away from turning 11 years old; as strange as that sounds to say.

From my perspective, it almost seems like when Mommy and I got married over 13 years ago, we were just playing house. Then, after a year, we found out about you coming along.

Flash forward to now: This is your last year of Elementary school. You do Taekwondo. You don’t really care so much about plastic toys anymore or Pokemon cards.

You’re growing up. And this whole time, I’ve been doing my best to not let a minute slip past me.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Carving a Jack-O-Lantern with Papa

10 years, 10 months.

While Nonna was inside the house, painting baby pumpkins with Nonna in the kitchen, you were outside in the front yard with Papa carving up our family’s official Jack-O-Lantern for this Halloween season.

Thanks to some cheap props from the dollar store, you two were able to make a really cool, and scary, Jack-O-Lantern for us to display out on our front porch.

And that carved pumpkin alone serves as the extent of our family’s Halloween decorations, despite being surrounded by neighbors, and neighborhoods, of just about every other house decked out in huge inflatables and plastic skeletons in their front yards!

Dear Jack,

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: To Miss Seeing You for a Day is Like Missing a Month

5 years, 5 months.

Dear Holly,

Now that we are on our 2nd hamster as a family pet, which only has a lifespan of about a year and half, it puts it into perspective that a day in the life of humans is equal to a couple months in the lifespan of a hamster.

I feel like in a similar way, time passes by too quickly on my end as I watch you grow up; in your little girl phase.

One day is not just 24 hours. One day, for a 5 year-old girl, is more like a few weeks, or even a month!

So when I don’t see you for a few days, like when you recently spent the weekend in Alabama with Nonna and Papa, it made me feel like you grew up a little bit more without me!

I do my best to cherish every minute I have with you!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: You’re Growing Closer to My Size Now

10 years, 10 months.

Dear Jack,

As you’re now nearing your 11th birthday, Mommy and I have been noticing that you are noticeably getting bigger. For example, your new school shoes for 5th grade are a size 6; compared to my size, which is 9.5.

This past weekend when our family visited Walden Farm, as our tradition is to do each Fall, you stood against a height chart that shows you are getting closer to that 5 foot mark.

These days, I offer my old t-shirts to you first before I give them away, so you can use them as “sleep shirts”.

But before too long, you’ll be able to wear them outside of the house!

Love,

Daddy