Now I am six…

Today, Will turned six.

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When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five, I was just alive.
But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever,
So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.
A.A Milne, ‘Now we are Six’

What an age – the beginning of something; an age he will probably remember being. I wondered today how he will look back on all of this – his growing interest in all things Star Wars, his newly neater handwriting in his notebook, the shiny grown-up scooter he has wanted for months, the specially-made-for-Will ham (no pineapple) pizza. I hope he remembers that for a whole three quarters of an hour after school whilst his sisters were out, it was just me and him, and that we did a jigsaw together and decorated the cake and put out the superhero napkins. I hope he remembers proudly counting out the SIX candles.  I hope he looks back and remembers how excited he was about being a year older, and being as clever as clever. (And about wearing a bow-tie.)

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