Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy Birthday, Cade

To Cade on your 6th birthday,

Oh Cade. You are quite the little boy. I don't want to say it, but your brother has big shoes to fill.

You are loved and respected by both adults and other kids. You're content to be on your own, lead others, or be a part of the crowd. You can pretty much fit in anywhere. In the past week, I've talked to a few of your specials teachers (like music and PE), and they have had the greatest stories to tell about you. One even admitted that even though she's not supposed to have favorites, you're one of her favorites. You're just easy to be around.

This has been one of my favorite years of your life. Watching you start Kindergarten at YISS and become a big brother has been so great. You have delved right into Kindergarten with passion and enthusiasm, in spite of the fact that you already know much of the content. I kind of love to see the expression on people's faces when they hear how well you can read because you are completely oblivious to the fact that it's a little out of the norm.

In the beginning of the year, I kept getting emails from your teacher with comments on how far ahead you were and questions about your maturity. "Does Cade feel pain? Is he afraid to tell me? I've never had a Kindergartener who didn't want a Bandaid!" she said. I just laughed and thought "yeah, this kid is extra-ordinary."

Your reaction to meeting your brother for the first time, though, was all 5-year-old boy. You barely noticed there was a new baby room. You did, however, see the TV, the remote control, checked out the bathroom, the bed, and just about anything else you could find. Baby? What baby? But once we were all home, together and alone, you were so excited to hold him, to look at him, and to love him.

Now, you've adjusted to life as a big brother. You notice Reece from time to time, but mostly I think you're just waiting for him to get big enough for you to play with. I love looking back at these pictures of you and seeing how similar you and Reece and look. I'm excited to see how the two of you continue to grow together and watch your relationship evolve.

Just a few Cade-isms that have been shared with me this year (and yes, it's great being friends with your kids' teachers!):
:: when talking about Beethoven in Music class--"Did you know that Beethoven is a really big dog, too?" yes, this kid knows the important things in life!
:: when talking about new books that his teacher had brought into class, she asked if anyone could read the title of one of the books. Cade replied, "Scientific Literature. Hey, my mom teaches Literature!" like it's no big deal that a Kinder student can read the word literature in Q1!
:: one of his teachers came up to me and said, "I just thought you should know that Cade is the best dancer in KA [his class]. The other kids watch him and say, 'but I can't dance like that!'" Oh, Cade.
:: when talking about the ballet The Nutcracker in Music, his teacher played a song and asked if anyone could identify where the music came from. Cade's hand shot into the air and he answered with full confidence: the CHESTNUT!

I love you, little man! Happy birthday!

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