Well, my boy, this is it. Our last year together before everything changes and you start school. Our last year of heading out on a Thursday for a lazy breakfast or chilling in our PJ’s until we can be bothered to get dressed. In just a few weeks we will be going together to look around the school we hope you will be attending next September, the school where you will begin your own journey, away from me.
Whilst a lot of the next few months will be about preparing you for that next big step, there will also be lots of time for us to create some wonderful memories that I hope will stay with you for a very long time (and we do know you have the memory of an elephant).
From the moment we found out you were coming into our lives I have wanted to give you the most wonderful memories of your childhood but it can’t always be perfect can it?
Will you remember Mummy saying “in a minute” a few too many times or when I hurried you out the door so that I wouldn’t be late for work? Will you remember the times I didn’t stop to play because the dishwasher needed emptying or when I rushed your bedtime story so that I could go back downstairs to plan lessons for the next day. Will you think of grumpy Mummy and remember the times I rolled my eyes when you insisted we play cars for the fifteenth time that day?
Maybe you will, but I also hope you remember the good times too. Please remember all the kisses and cuddles you were always happy to be on the receiving end of, and the mornings we danced around the dressing room to Miley Cyrus. Remember the brunch dates we had in M&S café where you would try to spot our car from the window before playing chase around the clothes rails.
I hope you remember our Thursdays together when we would head out in the car and see where we ended up and the silly Friday nights when we would play hide and seek around the house, even if you were a terrible hider. Will you remember Mummy and Daddy singing our hearts out in the car to The Day We Caught The Train? Will you remember how funny you thought we were?
For the next year I promise to make the most of our time together before I have to drop you off at those school gates in a morning and walk home alone without you. Whilst a trip to the supermarket will be a lot easier on my own I will still miss your enthusiasm for running around the aisles and the wry smiles you would attract from those we walked past.
Whichever memories remain etched in your mind I hope you will always remember just how much I love you and how you have brightened every one of my days from the moment you were born.