A Birthday Letter To Max
Each year on my children's birthdays I write them a letter. When they are 18 I will put them all into a special book for them. On Friday it was Max's 5th birthday. His birthday is extra special as his cousin (my sister's second child) was born on the very same day. They both celebrated together this year and it was so cute to see them both share their happy day.
Wow! You are 5. That is big. You've wanted to be 10 for a few years and now you are half way there!
You are quite simply the sweetest and kindest person I have ever met. I think you may have been trained by Yoda in a past life because you are super chilled and then every so often you say something really wise. And I just sit there in shock and nod in agreement! I imagine this is how things might be for the rest of my life. Mummy gets in a flap about something, Maxi phones me with some wisdom. And then all is well with the world again.
You are incredibly patient too. So much patience with everything and everyone from building complicated Lego models to your cheeky little sister Rudi. Wow, one day she's going to realise how incredibly lucky she is to have you as her big brother.
And Imogen and Oren are lucky to have such a wonderful little brother. You are such a cool team together. I love watching you all play together, watch films together and just be together.
When you grow up you want to be a scientist and an artist. And go surfing and skateboarding. Lots. You declared your intention to be an artist when we went to see an M.C. Escher exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery. I'm dropping that fact in for when you are famous!
You are changing and growing up so fast. Please slow down enough for me to breathe it all in. Your little hands are still beautifully soft and I hold them when we are walking as often as I can because I know that one day soon, when I'm least expecting it, you won't want to hold my hand any more. But please still hug me always.
This year is going to be so exciting for you. You will be able to read more words, work out more maths, learn so many things, draw so many things and have so many adventures. Enjoy it all!
Love you so, so much today and always,