A love letter to Tristan, Age 9

by DaniGirl on March 7, 2011 · 8 comments

in Tristan

My dear, sweet Tristan,

Today you are nine years old – the last year of single digits! You, my eldest son, have had quite the year. I feel like I’ve gotten to know you much better as a person this year. I have seen bits of you that foreshadow the teenager you will soon be, and the man not far behind that. You already stand as tall as my chin, and you still laugh when every now and then I push down on the top of your head in an always-unsuccessful attempt to cram you back into the toddler that you were just yesterday.

Tristan at Shiverfest

You are still my adventuring son, the one with endless energy who will leave no snow-mound unscaled, no tree unclimbed, no ledge unwalked. You love to go places, to see new things, to explore new places. And yet you are also the most resistant to change — possibly even moreso than me, and I didn’t think that was possible. Our recent move was hardest on you of all the boys, but I think that six months later, you’re finally okay with it. Thank goodness for that treehouse, that’s all I can say!

428:1000 Tristan at the Farm

Tristan, in your ninth year you like Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros, Pokemon, Beyblades, Smurfs, and playing Wii and DS games. You still love Lego, and you will spend endless amounts of time at the table with nothing but paper and pencil to entertain you. You’ve drawn your own comic books, and on an average day you create at least three or more works of art. You are a scavenger for art projects, and make fascinating compositions out of kleenex boxes, paper rolls and whatever other trush ephemera you can lay your hands on. You’re also reading way above your grade level, consuming book series like Geronimo Stilton and Percy Jackson.

438:1000 Book club

You are doing well in school, solidly in the B to B+ range. You joined the school choir this year, which you seem to enjoy. Math seems to come easily to you, but getting you to do journal entries is like herding angry cats. How can the son of a hard core blogger hate writing journal entries so much?!

27:365 Homework TtV

This year you had a fun party for friends old and new at the movie theatre, and it was another smashing success. Your cake was decorated with Sonic the Hedgehog action figures, and we all laughed our way through Gnomeo and Juliet. Tonight, Granny is fulfilling your special birthday dinner request: roast beef, mashed potatoes … and stuffing! (You sure have come a long way from the finicky eater you once were!)

Birthday party madness

You are an amazing older brother. Lately, you’ve taken to teaching Simon the math and cursive handwriting that you’re learning in school, and you have endless patience for Lucas. When Lucas and I took a quick trip to Toronto this past weekend, my heart nearly burst with pride when you drew a special colouring page full of Lucas’s favourite characters to keep him busy on the plane.

551:1000 Christmas card outtake

You have a big and sensitive heart, Tristan. You’re thoughtful and creative and very aware of the feelings of people around you. You’re not particularly good at putting your clothes in the hamper or keeping your room tidy, and the way you bicker with Simon may yet make my head explode. But you make me proud every single day, and I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to feel like we’re friends as well as mom and son.

449:1000 Yoshiback ride

Happy birthday, my darling Tristan. I hope this year is your best year ever. We love you very much!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 SleegsSkees March 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I love these letters! Bet your boys will treasure them when they get older.

2 Chantal March 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm

What a beautiful snapshot of Tristan. Happy Birthday!

3 Alicia March 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm

This brought tears to my eyes. So beautiful. What an amazing memory for your children when they are older.

4 Nicole March 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm

What an incredible gift to your boys when they are older. Beautifully written and lovely images πŸ™‚

5 Coco March 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm

All of the above!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 Paula March 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Happy birthday to your Tristan. You are writing such a wonderful legacy here for all of your children.

7 Jen March 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Happy (belated!) birthday Tristan!

I’ve said it before, but again – I love these entries!!!

8 MmeCornue March 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Wow! All your boys are so cute! πŸ™‚ Happy birthday to you son πŸ™‚ My oldest one is 8 can we arrange their marriage?? πŸ˜›

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