Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Today, Max Benjamin, you are turning five.

FIVE! It's finally here! Today! You have been counting down to five for most of four. I have to admit, it's been a bit exhausting for me, this constant counting and questioning of yours, but I've learned that it's just how your mind works. You are always turning something over in your brain, trying to figure out the next thing and the thing after that. Usually, you get it. And if you don't get it, heaven help anyone who tries to tell you otherwise.

You enjoyed gymnastics and loved T-ball, but aren't a big fan of swim lessons. You went on a real pirate ship, and I've never seen you follow directions better. You loved eating from hot dog carts all over New York City. You are a proud Transitional Kindergarten leader. You love to sing as much as you love to do "flying" karate kicks. You know more about space than I do, and think you've traveled the world with your classmates. You amaze me with your grasp of letters and numbers. You want to be a doctor, an astronaut, a pirate, a baseball player, an author and in a band. Somehow, I can see you making it all happen. Well, hopefully not the pirate part.

You can be very sweet and kind, when you're not too busy proving how big and strong you are. You are genuinely interested in everyone and know how to hang with any crowd, even if older kids sometimes scare you at first. You like nothing more than spending the day at home with all four of us and all your favorite toys. And despite knowing how to push her every button, Hannah is still your very best friend.

2013 is going to be a very big year for you, leaving the JCC behind for the wilds of Bowen Elementary. It doesn't seem possible that we're here already - that saying that the days are long but the years fly by definitely applies. I'm so lucky to be your Mama, and I can't wait to see adventures you'll have as a costume wearing, karate chopping, dreidel spinning, Cinnamon Toast Crunch eating kid in the year ahead. I love you, buddy.

(You can also see letters for ages three and four.)

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