A love letter to Simon, Age 9

by DaniGirl on February 1, 2013 · 11 comments

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My darling Simon, you are NINE years old today. You are my joker, my sweetheart, my comedian and my flirt. You are a natural charmer; you love people and they love you back. I have had more than one mom tell me in the last year that her little girl is head over heels with a crush on you, Mr Adorable.

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This has been a great year for you, my Simon. You’ve shown that school comes easily for you, and you seem to do well in most of your classes. To my surprise, your best subject seems to be French. I did not see that one coming! Your teachers speak of you with affection, and I can see your classmates feel the same way. You zip through your homework quickly and without me even having to ask you, and your grades are enough to make any parent proud.

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Simon, you have a quick wit and you love to make people laugh. You are warmhearted and considerate and when you see someone is upset, you are quick to try to help with words or deeds. You like to help, to participate, and to please people. It’s easy to see why you have so many friends.


You have a surprisingly sophisticated sense of humour for a nine year old boy, and you play along with grown-up inside jokes as easily as you crack potty jokes and play fart humour. You have a teenager’s appreciation of pop culture, and if I need to know who the latest and greatest band is or who is that person everyone is talking about, I can come to you. It was YOU who introduced ME to LMFAO and Carly Rae Jepson and One Direction. I’m not sure if I feel older or younger because of it!

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You do love music, though. You took up piano lessons this year and to my delight you have really taken to them, whizzing through your first study book. I smile when I hear you randomly stop to pick out a tune on the keyboard, not because it’s practice time but because you simply enjoy playing. Your current favourite is Ode to Joy and you can play it from memory. I love that you have chosen to love the song that your dad and I walked down the aisle to many years ago!

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You also continue to love video games. This year started with a Club Penguin obsession, but you have since migrated to a deep adoration of Minecraft. You also love to play Just Dance 4 on the Wii U, yet another way you drag your old mum’s muscial tastes forward from the 1990s. (Although truth be told, the Time Warp is my favourite track on that game!)


If you have an Achilles Heel, my sweet Simon, it’s that you can be snappish and cranky, especially with your brothers. We’ve taken to uttering the single word “Tone!” to remind you to speak with kindness whenever possible. I have marvelled aloud many times that it surprises me that one child can be so utterly charming, so kind and sweet and considerate of others, so empathetic and thoughtful – and so absolutely intolerant of his brothers in the same breath. Ah well, it is the nature of siblings, I suppose. Of course, they are clearly your best friends as well as your worst enemy, to which the many nighttime giggles emanating from your bedrooms attest.


Your friends this year are Mason and Alexa and Dylan and Alex and Grace. This weekend, we’re having a simple party at home with a few friends, as you and your big brother were earlier given a choice: a big party and a little present, or a little party and a big gift. When you heard the gift I had in mind was your very own iPod Touch, there was no question in either of your minds which option to choose. (And then I got them for half price after the holidays and we were all delighted!)


Simon, you are growing into a wonderful young fellow. Cheeky and wise beyond your years, sociable and outgoing, funny and attuned to those around you, it’s always a delight to have you around. Except when you’re cranky. But you’re so otherwise lovely, it’s easy to forgive you those times, too.

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Happy birthday, my Simon. I’m proud to be your mom.

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1 valerie February 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

please tell me you work on these for a while, not just coming up with all this the morning of? I love how you bring out all the good stuff about your kids – it’s an excellent reminder to us as moms, especially when we/they are having a series of bad days!

2 Chantal February 1, 2013 at 10:55 am

awe so sweet! Happy Birthday Simon!

3 Granny February 1, 2013 at 11:55 am

Happy Birthday Sweetheart and thanks for all the times you have made me laugh. See you tomorrow

Love Granny

4 Chrissy February 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Your Simon shares the same birthday as my Sawyer, who’s celebrating his first this year. I also have THREE boys!

Happy birthday Simon!

5 Sophie's Mom February 1, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Happy Birthday, Simon! You really are exactly as your mom describes … so friendly, charming and fun!

6 Mad February 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Very sweet!

7 snackmommy February 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I always think the same thing Valerie!

8 Jill February 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

You know, I always sniff-sniff over these posts. Written so beautifully. And I always love the pictures you choose to go along.

Happy Birthday Simon!

PS – Way to go on the ipod touch Mom!!!

9 DaniGirl February 2, 2013 at 8:16 am

Awww thank you so much everyone. I read all your comments to Simon and he loved them!

And as far as writing these posts? They’re so easy! I wish it was as easy to dash off some of the posts I write. It helps to have such great kids, I think. 😉

10 Amber February 4, 2013 at 2:33 am

Great letter. Happy belated birthday, Simon!

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