Parenting is so monotonous. The same thing day in and day and I hardly ever see the growth right before me. It is hard to raise children. I say the same things over and over. I am not really challenged intellectually (yet) by the two of you. We don't have interesting debates or discuss the future of education or technological innovations. But sometimes a moment happens which makes this whole parenting gig worth it.
"Caleb" is a new boy in your class. He has a late September birthday, so just recently turned 5. Which is fine. He is smart and cute and holding his own in kindergarten (from what I hear) but he is tiny and new experiences scare him. Especially in PE where both kindergartens (all 21 kids) are in the gym together running around / playing some strategic game like sharks and seals. Caleb hates PE. It is loud and chaotic and everyone always seems to be able do more than him. He has started to cry / get upset and at first the 2 PE teachers would address it or the 2 kindergarten aids. But one day 2 weeks ago, you saw Caleb hurt and upset and scared. You did not wait for a teacher. You did not ignore him because you know too well what it is like to be so overwhelmed and scared. Instead, you walked up to him, grabbed his hand and said "Come with me!" and you proceeded to show him how to play the game. He was still getting upset so you stopped faced him, placed your hands on his shoulders and said, "You can do this. Don't worry I will stay with you." Off the two of went to play the game and Caleb felt better. Now when Caleb starts to feel upset or nervous or scared, he looks for you. Each time you reassure him that he is going be ok and you grab his hand.
All on your own you have decided to be a friend. A mentor. You saw your own fears, you understood how he felt and what it was like to panic and you also knew what to say. Most importantly, you acted. Nora, you have demonstrated, at 5 years old, a deep empathetic character. I am continually inspired by you. I am so proud of the person you are. And I am happy to wake again with you day after day and remind you to tie your shoes and grab your lunch and wash your hair and make silly jokes and talk about what we see and hear around us. But I am also so grateful to be watching this beautiful person growing up in front of me.