I know what you’re thinking. He’s six already? Yeah, he is. Crazy. And once again I had the typically quandary of how to handle the celebration. I just really didn’t want to do a big party this year, for multiple reasons. Yet, we have friends in so many arenas (neighborhood, church, and school) that it’s tough to have any party without it being big or the fear of hurt feelings. So once again, we ended up with a couple celebrations, but on the smaller side. It was fun to Grandma Glenda here for all of it too!
The first get-together was essentially just a play date at the pool with our neighborhood friends, intentionally low-key. No gifts, no party favors, no pinata. I only brought a birthday treat and water balloons, and they had a BLAST!! I took a bit of a risk in that I didn’t invite everyone we know from the neighborhood and this worked out fabulously. The dynamics of the smaller group seemed to gel really well with minor parental monitoring, a plus for everyone.
As always, on the actual day we give gifts and have a treat as a family. Mike took the morning off and took Abe out for breakfast. When they got back he opened his presents: a skateboard and helmet, a Rubix’s Cube, Snap Circuits, a bat (which Andersen found for him the day before), a Highlights Magazine subscription, some books, a puzzle, and some cash. Then after dinner that evening we had birthday ice cream. I played a little joke on my joke-loving boy. Trick candles for the win!! He was surprised and LOVED them!
In lieu of a big party we decided to hit Gattiland, a place he’d never been but I knew he would love. He got to pick one friend, and he chose one of two brothers from church. Well, since we couldn’t invite just one of them (well played son, well played) we invited their whole family to celebrate. That gave April, Mommy and Daddy each a friend too! Good fellowship for all of us. We had a BLAST and he could have spent easily more time (and money) there. “This is better than Main Event!”
A fun and unbelievable thing that happened: The first game he played there was “The Claw”. He sees this all the time in HEB and asks if he can play it. I always reply, “No. Absolutely not. People never ever win at that; it’s a total waste of money.” This time I relented; heck, it was HIS birthday celebration after all. Lo and behold, on his very first try the little stinker won!! I was utterly stunned and freaking out. ”Oh my word Abe!! You’re going to win! You’re going to win! You WON!!” He acted more like, “Of course I did.” And, of course, he tried many times after that, but didn’t win again.
So at a whopping six years old, what is our boy up to? Things he loves: jokes, games (especially chess), Webkinz, sports, seek-and-find, and more. He really loves to make things and the Snap Circuits he got on his birthday have been a HUGE hit. He’s a great swimmer and next swim season I’m hoping to sign him up for a swim team. He really adores both of his siblings. He still reads like crazy and is more than ready for kindergarten, which he started shortly after his birthday (more on that in the next blog). In many ways he is your typically six-year-old boy – like how he chases and tickles the girls and, well, just annoys them. In other ways though, he still has that mature personality that makes him seem beyond his years. I personally have loved watching his mind grow and stretch in the questions that he asks about heaven, about God, and about our world in general. I can’t wait to see what this year brings with the challenge of school and all the information he’ll soak in. He’s just a super neat kid, and that’s putting it mildly. Proud and blessed. That’s how it feels to be his mom. He’s only six, but growing up way too fast before my very eyes. However, he gave me a random note that other day that said, “I love you!” It doesn’t matter how old he gets; I’ll still be the first girl he ever loved. Tears at his beauty and prayers for his heart.