Yesterday, Levi turned 6. He has been so excited for his birthday. All week he's been asking, "Is it my birthday tomorrow?" (He's not so great with spatio-temporal analysis.) I've tried to figure out how to write something for him, but he's tricky.
He's hard to pigeon-hole. You can't put his personality in a box. He adores the spotlight. That's why he likes baseball so much: you get to go the plate by yourself, have your name announced to the crowd, and show off your mad hitting skills. He can be very emotional. This is both good and bad. :) He is a master of the waterworks. He can turn on the tears when he feels he will gain some benefit from it. However, he can't always control them when he'd rather not cry. This embarrasses him at school sometimes when he cries at being frustrated by the trickiness of a worksheet or a puzzle. He even came home with shiners under his eyes from pressing on them to try to stop the tears. :(
He is very aware of others and their feelings. Even when he was very small, he knew when I was having a bad day. He would ask, "Mama, are you happy?" Now, in school, he sometimes gets upset when someone else is in trouble. While reading Harry Potter, he doesn't get scared when Harry or Ron are about to get attacked or are in danger, he worries that they'll get expelled. Silly boy.
He also loves to play the bad guy. A.J. got a Star Wars Lego ship for Christmas, and Levi got one for his birthday. But I knew he would love to be an Imperial fighter, so that's what he got. I am not convinced this is a good quality, and I'll try to train him away from the Dark Side before it's too late.
He loves music, especially jazz. He asked me to teach him to play the piano, and was very excited to see some piano lesson books wrapped up for his birthday. He is brave enough to sing in front of others: he sang with A.J. at Susie's funeral a year ago, at Grandma Belcher's funeral last month, and they sang a duet as part of the Primary Program in October. I can't wait to see where this interest goes.
Levi is a really fun boy. Let's see what six has to bring.