Today you are 11, officially a tween, in a state of transition. You are no longer a kid, but still a kid in so many ways. For now, you still enjoy the pleasures of childhood: playing outside, watching animated tv and films, playing with children of all ages, popsicles and bouncy balls. Over the next few years, these may begin to fall away as you edge toward the adult you are becoming. If you follow the path you've been on, I'm sure that you will be kind and considerate, thoughtful and creative in whatever you do.
I can hardly believe it has been 11 years since we brought you into the world. You have been through a lot in 11 years. You have lived in five different residences, attended three different schools, and, unfortunately, attended several funerals, most recently, your gram's. I am sure, if she were here, she would be very proud of you, as proud of you as I am. She loved you very much and I have never seen anyone so happy to have grandchildren as she was.
This next year will bring many changes as you move on to middle school. I know you have a quiet strength that will help you through the changes, but I want to remind you that I am always here to listen. I hope, if you find something exciting or troubling, that you'll come and talk to us. And we promise to listen.
Happy Birthday, Geeky Boy. May the next 11 years bring you as much joy as the first 11.
Last year's letter.