Five years old. Pebble is five years old! This is only the beginning really, isn’t it? But it feels SO big, this number. Five is an important turning point, she’s a big school kid now. She won’t be at home with me anymore and the outside world becomes a much bigger influence now.
Pebble already told me that she doesn’t believe in Santa or the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy anymore. I just can’t EVEN!? Apparently an older kid at school told her. We thought it would be a good idea for her to have a few OSHC hours under her belt before she starts school, as she’ll have to go there once a week now. Well, that sure backfired on us! I’m not sure if this non-believing stuff will stick but for now I’m downplaying it and we’ll see what happens at Easter. And also, a small part of me is wondering about the whole thing anyway…
Do you ever feel a bit weird when trying to encourage your kid to sit on Santa’s lap? Or when repeatedly ‘lying’ to them about these made up fantasies? I do, sometimes. I LOVE these things too, I love the joy and wonder and delight that children have for them. But when they start asking questions it all gets a bit awkward. And starts to feel a bit wrong? What do you think?
Anyway, back to the point at hand. FIVE. Our Pebble. She’s our big thinker, our logical kid. She has an amazing memory, much better than mine. She’s determined, which is sometimes a good thing and sometimes not so good. She’s a caring soul, so incredibly loving towards her little brother, it’s intensely beautiful. Pebble is careful and particular, most of the time. She likes rules and for things to be done the right way. But you will still find her up to her neck in a mud bath or screaming at the top of her lungs in delight. Pebble is articulate and good with words. She hears a word once and uses it in context straight away and forever more. She’s also super awesome at remembering song lyrics for this very reason! Pebble can sometimes need a little push to do something new or scary, a bit more of a push than other kids perhaps, but she’s getting better at taking risks and pushing her own boundaries. She can push my boundaries like no one else on this earth, the talent of children around the world, I’m sure. But she also makes me feel a love so fierce that it can be terrifying.
This year we celebrated her birthday very simply, with a party in the park, shared with her cousin who was born one year and two days after her. We’ve been talking about combining their birthday parties for years and we finally did it. We are also planning a party with school friends when term starts, which will also be shared with her bestie and neighbour. Sharing the birthday love! On the big day itself we had a day of nothing but ‘yes’ to everything (including peas for breakfast ! and a ride on this gorgeous kangaroo at the shops), some crafting (of course), a play at the park then her favourite tuna mornay for dinner and a watermelon cake for dessert.
Happy birthday, Pebble. We love you and are so proud of the person you’re growing up to be.