Today is my boy's 6th birthday. I am not really sure how the past six years have flashed past and my baby boy has turned into the most gorgeous, smart and funny 6 year old. I love him to bits and like I do every year on his birthday, I have written him a letter to read when he is older. I plan to gather all the letters together into a book when he is 18.
Dear sweet Oren,
Happy Birthday my lovely. Wow! Today you 6. What an exciting year you have ahead of you. Six is such a beautiful age of being that little bit more grown up but still very much a child. You are going to love it!
Over the past year you have completely amazed us. You have excelled at school in ways we didn't ever imagine. You have discovered the joy of chapter books and you never seem to be without a book under your arm. Watching you read fills my heart with so much joy. I know the adventures you are having within those pages and how magical that is. It is a beautiful thing. Never stop reading. I will do my best to build our chapter book library to keep up with you!
You continue to be the best big brother to your little sister Rudi. She adores you, 'Ori'! You are starting to build a special relationship with Max and it makes me so happy to see the two of you becoming real friends. Star Wars, football stickers and Lego seem to be the foundations for your friendship! And of course you are still best buddies with your big sister Imogen. I hope that lasts a lifetime.
You are unstoppable with your climbing, running and jumping. You learnt to ride your bike at the Olympic Velodrome (where else!) in the Summer and have loved riding it ever since. I love how strong, fearless and determined you are. Keep hold of those qualities for they are useful for so many things in life, not just in the park.
I love that you still have Monkey. Keep hold of him for as long as you need him my lovely. Keep hold of childhood and don't be in any rush to grow up. Enjoy all the moments of being 6. We are going to make some happy memories with you this year.
Love you so, so much today and always,
On Sunday we spent a really special day together, just him and me. We went to the top of the Shard, walked along the South Bank, popped into the Tate Modern, enjoyed lunch at Giraffe and went on the London Eye. It was a day I will never forget and I hope he will remember it too.
We made a commitment last year to making time to spend with our children individually as well as together. In a (big) family it's important to take the time to build relationships with each child, to see them as individuals as well as part of the group, to make time to really listen to them, to talk to them, to make them feel special. I really love that we do this and I really love that the children understand that they have to take turns because it means they get to have days like this when it's their turn!
Happy Birthday Mr O! xo