Birthday boy

What is five?

Five is snuggles and cuddles, and the sweetest young boy.

Five is finding your voice and becoming your own person.

Five is meeting new friends, friends who are all your own.

Five is testing your limits more than ever before, and struggling to understand the consequences that come with it.

Five is whiny, and impatient, and willful.

Five is bold, and full of attitude.

Five is learning to read, discovering chapter books, and practicing to write letters.

Five is a fondness for building things, taking things apart and getting dirty.

Five is being a big brother, who’s magical and yet so much fun to tease.

Five is being a big brother, and setting an example.

Five is Mario and Donkey Kong and Scooby Doo.

Five is “I’m bored.”

Five is tender and loving and generous and kind.

Five is showing the complexity of your individual character.

Five has come too fast.

Slow down, darling boy, slow down.


16 thoughts on “Five

  1. ayala says:

    Five sounds wonderful. Enjoy it 🙂

  2. Five has come too fast, indeed. But what a journey and wonderful moments to savour! Beautiful post, Mama, to your handsome, handsome boy!

    Hugs to you, too because time seems to fly by, when one is loving a little boy.


  3. Kelly says:

    Ooh, I remember 5. It was a great age — you’re going to love it (though the years pass way too quickly)!

  4. Melissa says:

    Five is fun! Good luck getting him to slow down. Mine just seem to go ever faster. 🙂

  5. About to catch a plane and bawling. Five is magic.

  6. ShannonL says:

    So beautiful. And what an absolutely gorgeous photo. He is just too darn cute! 🙂

  7. Lisa Adams says:

    My little one is 5 too. You captured this age so eloquently.

  8. Chantal says:

    Look at him! What a cutie pie. Yes, 5 is awesome!

  9. An absolutely delightful age (and a beautiful boy!) – Happy Big Five!

  10. Pamela says:

    What a beautiful boy! And a wonderful poem from his beautiful mom.

  11. Lindsey says:

    Please call me when you’ve figured out how to slow it down. I need to know. xox

  12. Happy belated birthday to your big boy.

    Your last line gripped me: am I the only one who wishes every day would go faster only to turn around and wish that the years would slow down?

  13. Happy Five to your little boy! I could relate as my little girl turned five this year too.

  14. What a handsome lad!

    My once-was-5 lad is now 21 – but he was 5 like yesterday, I swear — and 21 sounds an awful lot like 5 (minus maybe the learning to read & the Donkey Kong bit) – sigh.

    Sweet post, Christine – it touches my heart!!

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