You’re five years old and you are becoming
more independent every day.
You love being right by my side,
but some days you want to walk alone, to make your own choices.
This is good–an important part of growing up.
This evening you ran ahead of us
then came running back toward us to tell
us about the things you had seen.
You noticed a dog walking toward you and vacillated between
wanting to reach out and touch it, and being a little afraid.
The world is wide.
There will be more dogs, and you know what?
You are so right to be both cautious and brave.
You will grow to be a man who checks facts and prepares carefully.
You will also be a man who isn’t afraid to reach out and
experience life even when it takes you out of your comfort zone.
Five looks good on you, little man.