Furious Five

Dear Rerun,

Today, you are five.  It blows my mind.  You are no longer a toddler at all (though you remain quite petite for your age) – you are a little boy, through and through.  Thanks to school, a few sessions of ABA boot camp, and the realization that you are a different breed of boy than we have had before, we are starting to see some real changes in your behavior.

Your social skills have improved dramatically, though we still have a long way to go.  You have accepted that there are adults in your life that do have authority over you – but they have to prove it to your satisfaction from the very start.  Sometimes, you don’t like the consequences of learning who has that authority.  But you seem to be catching on.  You have also accepted that your little brother is not leaving, and that he can be fun to play with sometimes.  Other times, you want to be the alpha male and you will take on either brother who challenges you.  (Interestingly, you don’t take your sister on in the same way.  Either you don’t feel threatened by her, or you know that she can flatten you.  Either way, smart move, kid.)

You are growing in leaps and bounds, and I am constantly amazed by you.  If this is how you are like after 5 months of school, what will you be like a year from now?  You read easily at a kindergarten level.  You are fascinated with math and equations.  You squirrel away facts and trivia and then bring them out at times to tell people (“a triangle has three sides and three angles”).  And then you grab a lightsaber and have a knock-down drag-out fight with Tad.  Or you construct elaborate Angry Birds games on the kitchen table.  Or you don a cape and become a super hero.  Or you run outside to climb and run and jump.  I don’t think I have ever heard you say “I’m bored.”  You have too lively an imagination to ever get bored, and you will always find something to do.

Rerun, you have a strong will, and if only we can get it channeled in the right direction, there is no limit to what you could accomplish.  The challenge is getting you headed in the right direction.  It’s not for nothing that Gichan has said that you could be either Mister Fantastic, or Doctor Doom.

In the meantime, I cherish all the wonderful, funny things about you, wince when you reflect some of my own faults back at me, take joy in seeing some of my better qualities coming out in you, and shake my head when I hear stories about your father when he was your age…. because, apparently, you are just like him.  Since he turned out pretty well, I have a great deal of hope that you will, too.

And, as I quoted to you from one of your favorite books today…
“So here’s to a child who is joyful and clever
Happy day, happy year, happy always and ever.”

Rerun, age 5

Happy 5th Birthday, Rerun!


One Response to “Furious Five”

  1. linda
    March 9th, 2015 09:12

    Hugs from all of us