My dearest Seth (a.k.a. Ironman),
Everything about you that was still toddler-esque is quickly fading. Before my eyes, you're becoming a full-on little boy. Your personality is shining more each day, and it is one that oozes quirk and humor. It wouldn't surprise me the least bit if you enjoy the stage as you get older. Clearly you didn't inherit my shy and introverted tendencies—you very much enjoy being the center of attention, and you put on a great show, never breaking character.
One week from today your final year of preschool begins. This year you'll go every weekday morning rather than just three days a week. You'll have no trouble at all being gone more often—actually, you will thrive in the routine and frequent interaction with your friends. It seems odd that only one year from now you'll start kindergarten. How is it possible?
I've never really worried about you being picked on by your peers—you hold your own and you make friends so easily. I've noticed, however, that you have a keen awareness what other kids are doing, and you want to follow suit. I couldn't believe when last year, at only three years old, you asked for Spider Man shoes, "just like Gabriel". I guess I didn't expect those requests to start quite so soon.
It's perfectly normal, of course—but I hope that you will have the strength and confidence to go against the grain when it comes to the things that really matter. I pray that you'll grow to see the value in being different from the crowd, and that you'll set your own trends and march to your own beat. I will do everything I can to give you the tools you need to do this—to nurture your individuality and confidence. Never be afraid to challenge the status quo and question the way "everyone else" is thinking, talking, acting, or even dressing.
You have something so beautiful and unique to offer the world, my love.
Forever in your corner,
p.s.—I am so proud of the way you've been taking care of your little brother. You watch out for him and you make him laugh. Earlier this week you stayed with Grandma while Daddy and I went on a little vacation, and I heard that you were very helpful with Isaac while we were gone. It makes my heart so happy.
This post is part of a group project I've been taking part in this year, along with several other photographers. Each month, you can follow the circle around to each of our blogs. Next up is Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid.