Dear Monkey,

You’re now fast asleep in your bed, mumbling away as you always do. It’s your way to recount your day I think, and a big day it has been. We’ve had your first birthday party in Dubai which seems to have gone off without a hitch but has left me with so many extra grey hairs that will need tending. It was a scorcher of a day and all us parents melted, but the grins and the giggles rising up from the water made it all the more bearable if not pleasant!

I spent a lot of time watching you today. Leaving you be and just marveling at the boy you have become. From responding to all your birthday messages on my phone by yourself, to having the most delightful conversations with grandparents. You’ve basked in the limelight today, loving being the centre of attention. But you’ve also developed a shyness that wasn’t there before…an uncertainty that you never had…that makes me sad because it feels like it marks the loss of an innocence and naïveté that will dampen your spontaneity. I hope it’s not true, and if it is, I hope we can help counteract it.

It has been a whirlwind 7 years and we have all changed so much (for the better I hope!). You’ve caught us unawares so many times simply by the workings of your mind. I was not ready for a person (all be it a child) who would have me stop and contemplate my thoughts and beliefs the way that you have. You’ve made me reassess priorities, manage feats I would have believed impossible and cry more years than I thought I had.

You’ve grown into this little man who offers to share his birthday presents with his little brother (and pushes him over a day later for giggling at you when you fell). You cry because you miss your Granny, and your doggie and a pet rat you can barely remember having. You beam and thrust out your chest because you now have to climb up the stairs to get to your classroom. You beam even more because we let you do it alone – but you still sneak in a hug and a kiss when you think your friends aren’t looking.

You’re pretty much a kick-ass kid and I cannot wait to see what the next year brings!

Happy birthday peanut!


Posted by:Paula Medronho

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