To my Oldest Son:
You are three. Three! It is such a cliche to say "Where did the time go?", but it is so true. In this short time you have gone from complete dependence to a boy who fiercely desires independence. You express yourself in clear language, humor, and surprising insights. You are showing love and protection for your younger brother and you have stories developing in your head...imaginative play. What a joy to watch you create and develop these stories, involving us in plane travel, having your trains make perilous journeys to the edge of cliffs, and giving us medical check-ups (especially shots to 'make us better'.)
My hope as you enter your fourth year is that you continue to develop your imagination and find ways to share your stories. I love you! Mommy
Books that highlight the imagination:
Below (Author/Illustrator: Nina Crews) - This is one of H's favorites. Jack and his best buddy, Guy (a toy) are always going on adventures. But one day, they discover a hole in the staircase and only Guy can fit through. Jack begins to worry about what Guy is encountering and decides to begin a rescue operation. After that, they only go on their adventures together! Nina Crews' photographs, overlaid with various landscapes and chalk-drawings, bring Jack's imagination to life.