"To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart." - Phyllis Theroux
I am very happy to share another month of "Letters to our Children". This is a wonderful blog circle that I am a part of, so be sure to follow along, starting in Canada with Love Bee Photography. Please CLICK HERE to visit her page.
To My Dearest Children,
Another month has come round and we have been very busy indeed! Unlike the past few years, this winter has been a weird one - the snow has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Even so, winter has brought moments of cabin fever and sickness to our household and in the end, we have come through with smiles and accomplishments.
Ella - Your hard work, perseverance and determined little 8 year old spirit has paid off! Math has been quite a challenging subject for you in 3rd grade. I know and feel exactly what you are going through as this is the very same thing I went through during my school years. It has made you at times feel weary, low and at such a young age you even asked the question, "why can't I get this? I just want to play". That last bit, breaks my heart as I wish to see you play more during the week and discover and create on your own terms. Twice a week, you get up very early to attend extra help sessions with your teacher. You and I call it "o-dark-thirty", as we drive to school in the dark still rubbing the sleep from out of our eyes. Through it all, your hard work has paid off and we are so very proud of you! You have taken more time to slow down and think about your math problems rather than be frustrated. You ask for help and we try to solve the those tricky math problems together with a laugh and with the occasional share of a special treat. In fact, you have surprised me by wanting to play, out of the blue, math games in the car. And, just this past week, your teacher has written to me to say how well you are taking on all the math challenges and improving greatly. Keep up the good work, little one, and know that we are so proud of you for trying your best. We will continue to make our weekends full of fun and laughter after a week of school.
Luca - Your hard work, perseverance and determination has paid off too! You have worked extra hard at the two subjects that challenge you the most - math and science. I have seen a difference in you the way you approach any challenges and you are doing more things now without me asking. The inquisitive questions you ask and the work you are putting in have a certain maturity that I have not seen before. You have reached that age now where you are starting to question a lot about your future and to what you want to do. I'm happy you are thinking of these things and happy that you are sharing your ideas and thoughts with me. Don't rush it though, my love, it will all come together down the road -- for now, please just keep learning, growing, questioning and trying different things. By doing that you will eventually discover something that lights a spark in you. I also have to mention, how proud I am of your swimming. You decided to enter this sport at an older age than most kids in your town and wow, how far you have come. We were fortunate to find a very welcoming club that has pushed you in the best possible ways. Attending several practices a week, I think has boosted your confidence and in turn this has crossed over to your academic work - you have more energy and focus. Keep up the good work and keep reaching for those stars.
Love always and forever,