Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Our Jove turned six two days ago and in celebration of all that makes him unique (and copying a blogging friend), I want to share with all of you the special things about Jove. It is an exciting time of new friendships and experiences and lots of accomplishments.
We had Jove's birthday party at one of our favorite nature centers and Jove got to pick the animals for the wildlife show, no fuzzy chinchillas here, all reptiles except for the tarantula.
Getting dirty: Jove can play with sand or dirt for hours making balls, digging canals or building up earthen walls, redirecting the flow of water through the yard, mixing in plant parts or side walk chalk dust for special mixes.
To watch wildlife: Sometimes I will peer back through the kitchen window and Jove is down at ground level watching an insect. He collects bugs for his permanent collection, he identifies birds, raises butterflies, he catches snakes and builds houses for them. One book that he chooses for storytime is an illustrated encyclopedia of life on Earth. He embodies the concept of a sense of wonder about nature.
Talking/socializing: Jove is a talker (wonder where he gets that from...). He makes friends easily and gets along and plays with children of all ages. He is confident and will often be the leader of the shenanigans in a group of kids.
Being "Crazy:" Jupiter is pretty fearless and I am not. Jove says I need to come over the crazy side of the family. He rides his bike fast, climbs rocks and trees and then jumps off and gets cuts and scrapes and doesn't blink. I can only imagine what he'll want to do in ten years
Cakes and other sweets: We usually only have cake at birthdays and minimal junk food in the house, so when Jove gets a piece of cake at a party he savors it. He'll sit enraptured by his cake while other kids run around. He licks the plate clean...
I feel so lucky to have such a fun spirited and adventurous little boy as my son.