Happy Birthday Ruby. Today you are six years old. How crazy is that?
This year you decided you didn’t fancy a birthday party, and instead chose to go out for a fancy meal with your best friend. Check you out, Miss Sophisticated.
Quietly, you told me you didn’t want a party because you find having lots of children around hard to deal with and overwhelming. That is ok, and we are so happy you feel comfortable enough to be able to tell us how you are feeling. We have had lots of good chats about people and how difficult you find them to relate to over this past year, and as long as you are happy, well then we are happy, too.
You are doing so so well in school. Every time I have seen your teacher, she has shown me your excellent work, your funny, eloquent, sometimes sassy, writing, and your fabulous grasp of numbers. Your love of learning and knowledge is amazing, and I enjoy talking to you about your day on our walks home from school. I love hearing about what you ate for lunch, what you did in PE, who got in trouble – you clearly love a bit of drama, like your mum – and how far up your class reward chart you got.
You’ve done a lot of travelling this past year, you lucky girl. We went to France last summer, on a cruise around the Med in October, and to Bruges in February. You loved stopping off at Barcelona on the cruise, and were enthralled by the Gaudí buildings. And in Bruges you climbed up 365 steps to the top of the Belfry, which your Dad and I were amazed by.
Back at home, you’ve moved up to grade 1 in Ballet. We started talking about you moving up a class back in December, and you finally moved after Easter. I know it was a big deal for you and I know you were very nervous, but I’ll never forget the day we went to get your character shoes from the dance shop and you saw a teenage ballerina getting fitted for her pointe shoes. You couldn’t stop staring and said she looked beautiful. When the lady fitted your shoes, you demonstrated perfect spring points, and she was delighted. I know it seems like sometimes I push you to keep on doing ballet, but if I thought you didn’t love it, I’d never make you go. And I know you love it, so you’re going.
Today we are having a chilled day, at your request. We are going to walk up the road to the local ice cream parlour and you can order whatever you like from the menu.
We can’t wait to see what this year brings for you. There are some big things in the pipeline.
Love you bunches,