Happy 11th Birthday Aaron!!
What a great year you had. Fourth grade was a bit tumultuous with your school closing and you heading back to public school. You didn’t last long at the public school, only eight short weeks. I was proud you advocated for yourself and together we worked out a schooling situation that made you happier. It was not optimal but you thrived through it all. Your choice to homeschool this year was all from you. You knew what cyber school entailed and even though you missed being part of a classroom daily, you chose to make the best of it since the public school was not supporting your needs. School was challenging. Your cyber school had a gifted program and they gave you enhanced work. For the first time, you had a few B’s on your report card and occasionally
had to get extra help from the teachers. You also got to experience an unschooling school one day a week. You loved it and if you had not gotten into the school of your choice this year you would have attended the unschooling school twice a week next year. You were accepted to The Science Leadership Academy Middle School and you are tickled that the acronym for the school is SLAMS. We went to the welcome night and you met your teachers. In typical fashion, you met most of the kids in the first five minutes and you had stories to tell me about all the kids on the ride home. I am excited you are going off to school again but I will miss you, the best office partner I ever had.
You are officially no longer allergic to egg. It’s not like you would actually eat an egg. At the challenge, we had to drown the egg in three times more ketchup than egg. Actually, you are pretty darn picky but I slip egg into your diet via baked goods and other food. I am hoping you can expand your diet eventually because I am sure you have to be bored of the fourteen foods you eat. You are growing and healthy. I look forward to your allergy testing this year. Could another food become safe?
You love your brother but your patience wears thin with him. He tends to be all over you at the pool this summer. Your Dad and I decided that each of you would go to day camp for a week. You are going different weeks so I can spend some time with each of you doing things you want to do. You are so excited. You want to take your swim team friend Jack to The Franklin Institute, you want to go to the pool without Ryan, and stay up late with Dad every night. I think having Ryan as your brother will go a long way to teach you about acceptance and patience but I fully respect that we all at times need a break from his intensity.
You are STILL swimming making this your 6th summer! You had a great coach this spring
and are swimming well this summer. You made the top 30 in the league in two strokes and you are less than a second away from an A champ time in the backstroke. Don’t compare yourself to Ryan. He is big and getting very muscular and this is his season. You will get faster; I promise but you have some technically beautiful strokes. You will grow. Hang in there.
I would still use the word “capable” to describe you. We were recently at your aunts going away party as she is moving to Arizona. You were amazing. You shook hands with every person in the room, looked them in the eye and talked to them. You answered their questions about school made appropriate small talk, and you asked them questions. I swear you sounded 35 years old with your wisdom. After you met everyone you joined Ryan outside as he could not manage the crowd of people. I could not have been prouder of you in that moment.
You went on your first punk rock tour this spring. You liked it more than you thought you would. I think my proudest moments are when you stand up front to watch the show even though you know every song by heart. You are still very interested in the business end of the band and the merch would not be as organized as it is without you. I also enjoy when you get new songs stuck in your head and sing them as you do other things. I am happy to share the band with you and this is a special time in our family. You and your brother think you are part of the band and in a way you are because we could not do this without your help and cooperation.
On your birthday we made a list of 11 things you wanted to do today ranging from going to
the arcade, breakfast in bed, no chores, and dinner at Roxborough Seafood House. You already crossed off two things!
Aaron I hope 11 is just as magical for you as 10 was. I hope you never stop loving furry animals, science experiments, and Minecraft. You are a sweet loving kid and I could not be prouder to say you are mine!
Love you with all my heart,