As long as I’m catching up on birthdays…Tyler turned 11 last month!
No “friend” party this year; just a simple celebration at home. We ate Mexican food and then trifle for dessert, opened presents and played his new Wii game.
Tyler seems extra mature and responsible lately. He is in his last year of elementary school, and going out with a bang. I am proud of him that he chose to be involved in so many extra activities at school this year—band, chorus, honor choir, chess club…all this on top of city tackle football this fall, with practices up to 4 times per week. (Glad we survived that one with no injuries.)
It seems like expectations for quality and quantity of homework have also increased in fifth grade. So one day Tyler was feeling the pressure of it all and came up with one of his famous analogies. “I feel like the dam has broken and I am just throwing sandbags at it as fast as I can to keep from drowning.”
Then some time later, out of the blue, he told me, “Mom, I think I’ve got enough sandbags…” and I knew just what he meant. He’s got things under control; he’s managing. I feel like we can talk about life and important issues pretty well. He’s a good conversationalist, and I love getting inside his head. Tyler is always throwing facts at me from books he’s read—things that are new to me; the kid is quickly surpassing my intelligence.
I have also been touched by the gentle big brother he is to his only little bro. Tyler has stepped up and really figured out how to care for Eli—he’s got the rocking and shushing and soothing down. I wasn’t sure how much interest he would take in our baby, but Tyler has been a great help to me. I am so glad he has a brother now.
My Tyler is a wonderful, one-of-a-kind kid, and I am so thankful I get to be his mom.