Thumper Turns Three

Dear little Thumper,

Today is quite possibly the most important day of your three years of life (after your actual birth day, of course). Today is not only your third birthday, but it is your very first day of school ever! Today, I will take you to preschool, and so begins the course of the next 15 years of your life.

It’s a little scary to think about. You are, after all, only three, and you are my baby. It’s only two and a half hours a day, four days a week, and I am excited for you, but… I will miss you.  You are a mama’s boy, and are pretty unashamed about it.

But I’ll be honest – while you and I have been working really hard in this last year in therapy, and working on your speech and your other skills, you don’t spend a lot of time with other kids your age.  Our home life is constantly revolving around the next activity, and who needs to be in the minivan when.  And you end up spending a lot of time in a carseat, or in a waiting room, and not with other kids your age.  This is the day that begins to change.

Some things will never change, though.  You still love playing outside in all weather, and you still get a thrill out of the wind in your face and rain falling on you – which is probably why you love playing in sprinklers and taking showers.  You still won’t drink milk, but will eat yogurt and hard cheese all day long.  You still love peanut butter and jelly, but have a fondness for pasta, a liking for teriyaki chicken, and an obsession with apples.  And you love sweets of all kinds.  Your first real sentence – “cookie please” – is proof of that.  You also have no shame about getting food for yourself straight out of the fridge, or off a cooling rack, or right out of the cereal box.  One has to keep a sharp eye out for you when you have the munchies.

And oh, your passion for music.  We have unlocked the door to your soul, and it plays the Imperial March with a full concert orchestra.  I have never known a child with such a fascination for music, watching orchestras play, and Mozart, with the occasional Vivaldi thrown in.  Your tastes are quite baroque, but then you add in your obsession with Star Wars and its music… I’ve already told your new teacher that if she wants your attention, all she needs to do is play the Star Wars theme on her phone and you’ll come running.  I never knew that when I started playing soundtracks for you that it would turn into finding your “thing” so quickly.  I love it.  It’s so unique, and it’s so YOU.  And yes, I will take full credit/blame for your love of Star Wars.  After all, if you’re going to be obsessed with something, better that it is something I already know well.  (Though I’ve received quite the education on sharks and Batman from your brother.)

So, today you will head off to school for the first time.  But when the bell rings at the end of your day, I’ll be there waiting for you.  Someday, you’ll be able to tell me all about your first day of school in future school years, but today, your teacher will tell me how it went.  And then we’ll head home for lunch for my big three-year-old boy, who I love so very, very much.

Happy third birthday, my sweet funny happy long-lashed cuddle boo.



2 Responses to “Thumper Turns Three”

  1. Ressis
    March 21st, 2016 04:11

    Happy birthday, Thumper! We love you!

  2. Linda Lansberry
    March 21st, 2016 06:14

    Happy 3rd Birthday, Handsome young Master!
    Big gentle squeezes!