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Friday, February 12, 2016

Love Letter, Month 73

Dear Kate,

You are 73 months old.
We have had a lot of school activities this month. First up was parent/child night and this time it was my turn to have you show me around. You headed straight to the math works where you completed a full set of multiplication tables and then moved on to division. Next up was writing, which has gotten a lot neater of late.
You wrote your first speech this month:
"My name is Kate I am glad to be here  I hope that you like to be here to  Thak you  Oh and I play chess or xing qi. Hope you enjoy! Bye Bye. See you next time."

You are also still into list-making. I found this one inside your lunch bag one afternoon. I find it ironic that the first thing on your list was to take a nap. Oh, if only!
"List of stuf to do. Take a nap. Be with Bella my cat or take nap with Bella. Play pop up game. and play Go Fish. Be with mom dad and Nana. Go home. Eat snak. Play flut. Watch tv. Learn Chinese ches."
That's an impressive to-do list I must say, and encompasses quite a few of your recent obsessions (napping not being one of them sadly) including the following:

Julie gave you and Lucy what you lovingly refer to as the P. O. Popup game. You will play it endlessly if you can rope someone into playing with you.
Chess is another of your passions. You were thrilled when Uncles RyRy and Paul gifted you with an authentic Chinese chess set (aka Xing Qi as referenced in your speech above). Unfortunately, it is not set up like English chess so we were at a loss for how to play. Apparently it is quite difficult but after messaging a few of our Chinese friends, Ms. Xiang said that she knew how to play and has agreed to teach you.

Your uncles also surprised you and Lucy with red envelopes filled with lots of foreign money from their travels.
And although I wouldn't call your flute an obsession, it still holds your interest. You had another flute recital this month at the New Music School. You performed "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "Ode to Joy". You were again the youngest player but held your own amongst the big kids.
Having Uncles RyRy and Paul here this month has made you extremely happy.
You were especially thrilled when they came to have lunch with you at school and stay for story-time.

Chinese New Year has been the other focus of our school activities. Lucy had a dress that I had bought in China but we needed one for you as well so we headed to Chinatown so you could pick out a dress to celebrate in. I think you picked out a great color! The only drawback was that you couldn't stand how it felt on your body/neck so a long-sleeved shirt and pants were required to get you to actually wear it.
We had a rather late night last night when all the Chinese classrooms in your school got together in Chinatown for supper. Over 150 people joined in to celebrate the Year of the Monkey and watch all the students perform New Year songs.
You also had a school field trip to Lifeline Theatre to see the play "Sparky" about a pet sloth. You managed to get a cold a few days before the trip but you soldiered on, hunkering down under the blanket to watch the show. Having Chengze as your partner helped ease your pain.
Speaking of Chengze...

You told me that you were in love with someone but you said it was a secret and that you and the person you were in love with were keeping it secret. Two seconds later, you slipped up and said, "Chengze and I....OH DARN!"
Looks like you are following in my slippery footsteps--I have so much trouble keeping surprises a secret too! Once the cat was out of the bag though, you told me that he whispered to you, "Wŏ ài nĭ" so you both agreed to be in love and get married once you are grown up. Then you just giggled, blushed and changed the subject.

Not only did Uncle Ry Ry and Uncle Paul gift you and Lucy with Red Envelopes filled with foreign money, they also brought two extras so that you could share with a friend. Guess who was the lucky recipient of your envelope?
When I asked why you chose to use his English name you said, "Because I'm the only one who knows it. He told me what it was." I said, "Won't that give away your secret admirer status since he knows you are the only one who knows his English name?" You were nonplussed, instead detailing how you were going to secret it into his lunchbox in the morning so he could find it at lunchtime.

Dangerous Liaisons, Kindergarten version.

And if Chinese New Year and school trips and visits from uncles and flute recitals weren't enough, we also have Valentine's day coming up. That has involved lots of card writing and heart shaped notes and candy. It also meant a very wonderful surprise present from Meme..mermaid blankets for you and Lucy. Each blanket took her 2 weeks to knit!
My one big hope for all of these letters is that someday in the future, when you might be having a bad day or are feeling unloved and down, you can pull out these letters and find solace in their words.

You. Are. Loved.

Very much so and by more people than you can imagine. You are a special girl who has brought joy and laughter and light into not just mine and daddy's lives, but into your grandparent's, aunt's, uncle's, cousin's, and friend's lives. The world is a happier place because of you.

Love,
Mama

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