|You asked to go to the zoo and so we did. It was a very fun day.|
You are named Man of the Woods and live up to that name so well. We were in Japan at the busiest time of year for them during the 'Golden Week', an entire week of holidays. We saw the Imperial Palace, and giant statues of Buddha, we went up to the top of the tallest tower in the world, we saw kites that were the size of a standard room, but your favorite part of the whole trip was the few hours we spent at the Pacific Ocean. It's the natural and the simple that bring you the most joy. I hope you never grown out of that.
|At the Pacific Ocean.|
Over the last 12 days I got to glimpse the man you are becoming. You walked like a man, never needing to hold my hand. Even though the places we visited were shoulder to shoulder packed, you never needed the security of it. You ate everything I put on your plate and asked to try what wasn't initially offered to you. You remembered all your manners. I realized that, in our small town, it's good to always expect you to let grown ups go first, but when in a busy train station, I needed to let you know it was okay to cut in front of them sometimes. I'm proud of the glimpse I saw. You're going to be a good man full of respect for others.
|You are a pro with chopsticks. Every meal we used them and you conquered them.|
This coming year you are going to enter the fourth grade and I suspect will continue to do Cub Scouts. I bet you'll keep fiddling around with your uke making music just for fun. Lego's will be your favorite past time as they have been this year. As you're Momma I'll pray that you keep making good choices. I'll focus on teaching you more of the why it's important to do what's right. We'll keep plugging away at your reading skills and you'll keep blowing my mind with your math smarts.
My prayer for you this year is this: May you stay strong and learn to focus especially on the things that bore you such as school work. May you use the knowledge you have in a wise way. May you always put others first for the sake of love. May you continue to be your unique self, loving life to it's fullest and constantly wanting to learn.
|You are proud of this photo you took of Mount Fuji. It's the one photo you insist everybody sees.|
I love you more than life. There are no words to tell you how proud I am of the man you are becoming. Here's an interview with your nine year old self.
What is your favorite color? Dark Blue
What is something very special to you? God
What is your favorite word or saying? "Guess what, in Minecraft..."
What is your favorite thing to do? Climb, run, and play outside.
What is your favorite memory from this past year? Japan, all of it.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I don't know