You are 71 months old today.
Our first visitor was the tooth fairy about mid-way through the month. Your first tooth has been loose for what seemed like an eternity (and it wasn't just you who thought so) but you finally managed to lose it during lunch at school. Qiongwei lao shi met me at the pickup line with your tooth safely bagged up. We celebrated with chocolate milk and rice crispy treats and then you tucked your tooth away in the pillow Nana made for you.
YiaYia and Pappou arrived Halloween day and we spent the rainy afternoon eating good food and playing games. Dominoes with YiaYia.
à la Ana from Frozen.
Other adventures this month included a visit to an orchard for apple picking
Despite the competition between the two of you, Kate is still your favorite person to be around. I love watching you two when you aren't fighting for attention.
Although I do not condone violence to meet racism, I have to admit a good deal of pride and joy in the face of your self-confident defense. I hope you keep that aspect of your personality as you grow and encounter people who may not be as accepting of you, or who have preconceived ideas of you because you are an Asian-American. There are both positive and negative stereotypes that you will butt up against: that you are going to be a driven, straight-A student, that you are gifted in math, science, music or gymnastics as well as the more unsavory biases that I am relieved to say you are too young to learn about just yet.
And this sums up a mother's eternal struggle. How to keep the light and optimism of a child's world while imparting strength and wisdom to confront the adult world. I may stumble a bit, trying to figure out the way through, but know this: I will never leave you to learn on your own.