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Though his first love is math, (always math!), one of my favorite things about first grade is that reading and writing has really clicked for Owen, too.
Jeff and I split our workdays so that one of us leaves at an ungodly hour in the morning. Most of it is that we miss traffic on at least one side of the commute, which makes it SO easier to cope. Part of it is so that we can be home for dinner, which is important to us, too. And part of it is that we can both get a workout in – super early – before work AND the commute AND still be home in time for dinner.
It works for us. Mostly, anyway.
I started leaving notes for Owen this summer, when I changed my schedule to work a super long day on Tuesday. I’d leave before he was awake and get home after he was in bed, and I HATED knowing that I’d miss seeing him the whole day.
And the notes were little bits of nothing, just a quick, I love you so that he knew that I was thinking of him, even though I wasn’t physically there.
Jeff picked up on it this fall, and started leaving his own notes for O, too.
So now whenever Owen wakes up and one of us isn’t there, there’s a note for him, no matter what the day.
This summer we used to have to read it to him, but now, only 6 months later, he sits at the kitchen table and reads his note silently.
Sometimes he’ll even respond, taking the pen we’ve left out and writing his own love note back to us. Like this.
This, by far, is what I love most about Owen being able to read and write.
Translation, for those who cannot read my (or Owen’s) writing:
Good morning, Owen! I hope you slept well last night, you will need your energy for your soccer game today! I am running with my friends but will see you soon. Love, Mom
O’s response: I love you to the moon and back. I love you Mom too. Love Owen xoxo