I feel bad for not posting something like that for Desmond when he started Kindergarten. And, I don't think I blogged about him AT ALL while he was in 1st grade. So, to make up for it, I give you this post: An Open Letter to My Son As He Starts 2nd Grade.
Hey...put down the iPad. I'm talking to you. No...actually put it down, don't just look at me for 2 seconds and go back to it.
Son, you are growing up so fast! I still remember when you were in preschool. How we had to buy a special "Bubba" just to keep at school with you for when you were sad. Remember that? That's how "Night Time Bubba" and "School Bubba" got their full names.
I also remember...hey...are you listening? Oh really? What did I just say, then? Nope...try again. See, you weren't listening. Pay attention!
*Sigh* I also remember your first day of Kindergarten. I remember how, once you saw your pal Braden, you were all set. You didn't need your ol' dad to hang around. You were ready to...why are you interrupting me? I'm talking and you're interrupting. We've talked about this. Fine...what?
No, you can't turn the iPad back on...I'm talking. I don't even understand what you're doing. What's so exciting about watching someone else play video games on YouTube. Let me finish.
Anyway...now you're in second grade! This is a big year! Not only are your reading and math skills improving consistently, but this is the year for First Reconciliation and First Communion at OLG! I am excited to be with you as you reach these Catholic milestones! When I was in 2nd Grade....
UGH! WHAT??? I don't care about what Wyatt said about Communion wine. I'm trying to be sentimental! Judas Priest! Why can't I just tell you a story.
Remember for your 7th birthday how, instead of presents you asked everyone to bring food for the West Seattle Food Bank? I was so impressed with how....you're looking at the iPad, again. This isn't gonna happen, is it?
Fine, fine...you go back to your screens...I'm gonna go surf Facebook for a while. Just remember how much I love you and how proud of you I am.