Neil, today you are seven. As part of our new tradition, I am writing you a birthday letter, just as I did last year and hope to continue doing for many years to come. I write this as you lie in bed, I can hear you making your noises as you try to relax, just as you do every evening. You’ve had a nice day, nothing too exciting. I guess the ‘big day’ doesn’t mean as much to you as such days do to your sister. You weren’t really in the mood for a big celebration, it’s just not your style, but you have enjoyed stuffing your face with cake.
Now that you are seven, you are officially old enough to play Minecraft. How exciting! You’ve already been playing it for 3 years (naughty naughty!), but now it’s official. I joke about this because you are very strict about rules sometimes, and have mentioned on more than one occasion ‘mum, this is pegi 7 and I’m only 6’. Well, now you are old enough pal. Maybe that doesn’t matter so much anymore though, after all, Minecraft doesn’t excite you the way it used to, does it? Your new thing is Mario, and today we’ve had lots of fun playing with the new Mario things you got as gifts.
Looking back on last years letter, it seems some things haven’t changed all that much. I still call you wee man sometimes, and you don’t like it. To me you will always be my wee man though, and as much as I try not to say it, I still let it slip sometimes, and for that I apologise. I’m sure I’ll still be calling you wee man when you are bigger than me though, I just can’t help it!
Speaking of being bigger, you seem to have grown so much in the last year. You are now wearing 9-10 clothing, and you are at least a foot taller than your sister! A funny thing happened this week at school, you came home on Friday wearing the wrong jumper. I’m sure that doesn’t sound very funny, but this jumper was age 4, and you could barely move in it. I can just imagine some small child in your class arriving home in your huge jumper, with the sleeves trailing the ground. We all had a bit of a giggle about it when you got home.
While we are on the subject of giggling, I managed to capture this photo of you today with a bit of smile on your face. We caught it while you were having a giggle about something or other, and it’s my favourite of the day. It’s rare to get a photo of you smiling, you do usually like to play up to the camera and put on a frown or pull a silly face, but after 100 or so shots we finally got this grin!
And what smile it is. So warm and infectious, your face just lights up. I love the little dimple you have on one cheek too, it melts my heart a bit. I guess I shouldn’t go all soppy on you now, I know how much you hate it. I couldn’t write a birthday letter without going a bit soppy though, so while I’m at it I might as well tell you how proud I am of you. You are a caring, sensitive wee man with the best sense of humour, and despite struggling with a lot of things on a daily basis you always end the day with a smile on your face (usually after telling one of your jokes, I’m sure you will be a comedian when you grow up!).
I’ll end by saying I hope you enjoy being seven, it’s a pretty awesome age! Here’s to many more happy memories, more jokes and a lot of laughter! Love you wee man (sorry!).