I have begun that excited anticipation coupled with mourning that accompanies sending your first-born to Kindergarten. Max is so very ready- reading, doing math, loving being with other kids- all of it. But I realize I am losing the one who shares creative thoughts with me during the day, expresses gratitude, even shares some of the work load. When Max was about Jonas' age, we'd sing him to sleep with the "Mighty, Mighty Max" song where I would make up verses about how fantastic he was and the things we had done that day. It is hard to pass off some of those verses to someone else. It is hard to not know all of his comings and goings.
But I have confidence in my boy. He already talks about not liking "words that Harmons don't say", and has practiced making introductions to new friends and inviting them to play (this is adorable, by the way). He has become more flexible than I ever would have imagined. He is more adventurous than I ever would have imagined. He continues to be very aware of himself and his emotions. I am going to miss him for five hours a day, but he is going to love it. I can't imagine what it is going to be like to send him off to college or a mission...
Since Max has been blowing my motherly mind lately, I thought I'd share some of him in pictures.
This is a memorial brick for my mom at Wayfarer's Chapel here. Max read the whole thing without trouble, except the word 'laugh'. He said "This is a funny word". No pun intended.
This is a lego set he got for his birthday (thanks Grandpa and Uncle Trevor!). It is for 7-12 year olds. He built the three sets himself using the instructions. He can focus easily for over an hour on this without looking up. Once he has built something though, he takes it apart and starts creating his own intricate creatures from the pieces.
He really does blow my mind.