There is a wealth of blog tributes to children celebrating their birthdays and the outpouring of love and joy from the parents. I have decided to try a different route.
Here is my perception of what Tasman, who turns six in four days, would write about this milestone.
Today is my birthday! I woke up and had to pee so bad but my dad was in the bathroom so I had to wait I’m six! It doesn’t feel that different so far. Hud and mama are still sleeping so I will see where my dad is now. Oh, he is at nana’s kitchen table drinking coffee. I like the smell of coffee but not the taste. I love my dad. Sometimes he gets mad at me for being sneaky, but he is just the best guy to hang out with.
I do like when mom reads stories though, I don’t mean to make dad sad by always choosing mom, but she smells better and I like the cuddles mum gives me after. I got a skateboard! Mom and dad gave it to me at yesterday and I got to try it a couple of times. Then I wiped out and hurt my knee a bit. I tried not to cry because I cry a bit too much sometimes. I also wipe out a lot and dad says I am bit clumsy but he also tells me how he loves me for attacking life. Not sure what that means as when I think about attacking something it’s usually my brother Hud for always bugging me.
But my brother is the coolest guy I know and I only tell him how much I love him when I am really tired or yesterday when I hurt my knee and he was the first person to come over and make sure I was ok. He gets mad at me for following him around all the time, but I only want to be close to him and watch him play on his Ipod touch. It’s my birthday! I go into grade one next year and get to stay at school all day, even over lunch and hopefully I will see Hud and his friends eating lunch too. They all know me and some of the girls in Hud’s class say I am cute. What? I am serious! Today we drive a bit further and get to go camping and sleep in a tent! We are all sleeping in the same tent and Hud promised that he would switch with me so both of us can sleep in the separate room in the back. I love Hud. He shows me funny things and explains stuff I don’t know about sometimes. He is pretty tall and people tell me I am going to be pretty tall too. I was the tallest in my class and probably will be next year too. We are making smores tonight on the campfire.
I am not sure what they are, but dad says they have marshmallows and chocolate so I am sure they will be good. I like candy a bit too much but dad says everything in a balance and things will be ok. Mom is waking up and I want to go give her morning cuddles and remind her that today is my birthday. I miss Alice and wish she was camping with us although her breath smells sometimes. Oh, Hud is waking up. Hey Hud it’s my birthday!