Dear Anna! You are now half way through the seventh year of your life. I was watching you during a birthday party for your friend who turned 7 and it hit me suddenly how much you’ve grown lately. You are not even the smallest first grader in school any longer, and you can do so much more than you could in the fall. You are riding your bike with confidence, you could climb the rock wall almost to the very top today, you play chess, and you love writing. The rest is not new, but you continue to be easygoing and enthusiastic. Other children seem to like you, and you are starting to form closer friendships with several girls. Other adults often comment on your sense of humor and how you can make people laugh. You still love situational humor and sometimes reenact the same “funny” situations endlessly, but you also enjoy wordplay, riddles and jokes.
Even though I don’t have as much time for you lately, you still adore me with all your heart. You are writing me beautiful love notes and keep telling me that I am the best mother in the world. It melts my heart to hear you tell that. I am very blessed to be your mother, and I am enjoying this time in your childhood. Sometimes I wish I could freeze this moment to last for longer, but at the same time I am hoping that you will continue to grow and thrive in the second half of your 7th year.