Bemember

N has quite figured out how to say remember and it is always Bemember… So I am desperately trying to Bemember four.

Four was the year n learned to swim. It was so challenging and hard and a nightmare for me that first day. If I thought about it or too long I would tear up. But now he is doing so well and increasingly comfortable. He is not out of the woods yet but monumental progress has been made.

Four was the year n learned to read. His reading level is truly mind numbing to me – I am pretty convinced he is reading well beyond his age – but what I really care about is that he loves it.

Four is the year that his gentle heart stayed gentle. We introduced him to sports (because he is strong) but his gentle heart doesn’t really want to be competitive. He doesn’t like to lose but he is loosing because he can’t be in it to Win it. We will see how this changes over time but for now, the neighbor boy always outruns and outplays him and that is ok (but after 30 minutes it is drama)

While we have a week left of four I am going to do my best to remember it. It was such a big year, filled with so much love that I am quite sad to see it go. It is too much to expect that 5 will have as many joys as well.

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