Today, he graduates. He is done…for now. What does that mean? In a nutshell, it means that his language (both comprehension and expression) is age-appropriate. In two years’ time, he has made 4+ years progress. He is done with the catching-up part of things. We focus, now, on the not-falling-behind part of things.
Tonight we went to Coldstone to celebrate. I marveled at him, and the funny things he has said, the sweet things he has said. And yes, he sometimes speaks too loudly. He sometimes leaves out words like ‘the’ and ‘and’. And often, he misunderstands or asks us to repeat ourselves. And I worry. But then I remember that he is 4 1/2. He is only 4 1/2.
Tomorrow, there will be new challenges. For Henry, there will be new challenges his entire life. And he will always need a little more focus, a little more determination than the next guy needs just to keep up. But Henry is smart. He is smart and likeable. (And have I ever mentioned that he is stinkin’ cute?) This is a kid that is going to go places.
But for now, he is my little boy. For now, we will celebrate today’s success.
And we will let him be 4 1/2. We will let him collect rocks, and make piles of walnuts in the back yard, and climb trees. We will build train tracks for him to play with, while he still wants to. We will let him run through the sprinkler and catch bugs and toads. We will walk with him to the river, where he’ll gather snails in his pail. And we will put his buttercups and dandelions in a pretty vase so that we can enjoy them for a while. And for now, we will just let him enjoy being a little boy. After all, 4 1/2 is a good age to be a little boy.