My special Tobin,
We’ve had quite a month. The biggest event was, of course, our spring break trip to the Florida Keys. We went back to our favorite spot: Key Colony Beach on Marathon Key. It was truly a wonderful trip. We didn’t actually do very much—we got together with a couple of different sets of cousins, so that was fun, but mostly we just rotated between the ocean, the pool, and the condo.
Because it wouldn’t be a month with a vowel in it without you giving me a near heart attack, you did try to go into the pool with no water wings once. You’ve been improving in your swimming lessons, but you’re still not quite ready to be in over your head with no flotation device. I was standing on the edge of the pool, Callum in my arms, and you and Miles got in. You just walked right in past the shallow zone. Luckily Miles was able to haul you back, so I didn’t have to either set Callum down to go in for you or drag him in too.
After that, I was a lot more careful to make sure you had your water wings on at all water-adjacent times. You jumped off the edge of the pool over and over, shouting “One, two, two and a half, three!” each time. Some fellow condo dwellers got a real kick out of you and said, “Hey, there’s Two-and-a-Half” when they saw you around the complex.
You did a good job on our travels, despite a brief spell of motion sickness on our way back to the airport on the very last day. Otherwise, it was all smooth. An iPad with Minecraft can keep you entertained for a long time. You and your dad and Miles did a lot of iPad checkers, too, during our middle-of-the-day resting hours.
Despite our attempts to keep you out of the peak sun hours, you did get a slight sunburn on your cheeks on our first day. The cloud cover tricked us, and you ended up a little pink. It seems to have healed up, though, and your freckles are showing through.
We decided on Kinderfarm as your destination for next year. You’ll start mid-summer with a two-mornings-per-week schedule, and a friend from your class this year will also be attending during that session. She’ll be heading off to kindergarten in the fall, but I’m hoping that having a friend there will help you get started, and you’ll make an easy transition into the fall schedule even after she leaves. I’m not too concerned, really. You loved Kinderfarm when we visited, describing it as “awesome.” You make friends easily and do a good job transitioning to new situations, so I’m sure it will be great.
You still get frustrated sometimes, and you’ve been pulling the “That’s not fair” argument. Your dad and I have been trying to emphasize the “life isn’t fair” perspective (it’s amazing how easily one slips into the parent tropes), and I’ve reminded you that in the grand scheme, being a middle class white male American is very much not fair and very much to your advantage. That’s hard for you to see sometimes, especially when Miles gets to do something you don’t. Maybe that will get easier once Callum starts wanting to do things you’re allowed to do but he isn’t. Then we’ll have his wrath to deal with. Please help.
Mostly, though, you maintain your sunny attitude. Your bad moods never last long. You’re not a moper, thank goodness. You can be in tears one moment and trotting down the hallway singing the next. You still like to snuggle and have assured me that you’ll do all your education locally so you can always be my cuddly little guy. I won’t hold you to that, but I admit I won’t be disappointed if it’s the case.
You’re smart and spunky and hilarious. You’ve been saying zinger after zinger lately, and it’s all I can do to get them written down before you say another one. You’re open-hearted and kind, and I’m lucky to have a little guy like you.