To my dearest Edison,
I’m writing this blog post today not for a 4-year-old Little Edison to read, but to the Edison of the future – whether he is 20, 25 or 30 …
I wonder what you are now – a doctor, an engineer, a scientist, a musician or a teacher? Your grandfather hopes that you’ll become a dentist. Your father hopes that you’ll become a pilot. What about me?
I hope that you’ll become a newscaster as smart and charming as Timothy Go. I can see you on the TV every night and proudly say “Look! That’s my son on the TV!” Okay, I’m just kidding.
I hope that you’ll grow up to be a strong, happy, intelligent and responsible man. I want you to feel loved and be proud of yourself and your family, and know that no matter what you do, we will always love you and support you.
Seriously, I do not know what you’re going to be, but I do know that your 4-year-old self has a couple of key qualities that are essential for a successful life ahead and in whatever path that you choose to take.
One – you are brainy, observant and sharp as a tack. You notice even the slightest changes at home and in your classroom. Your teacher praised your good memory and excellent observation skills during the parent-teacher meeting this year. I’m so proud of you.
Two – you love learning. It boggles me to discover how much you pick up and learn from school. You like to ask questions about things that you see i.e. escalator, fire extinguisher, traffic light, fire alarm, car park barriers – how they work, what they are for and what can possibly go wrong. You’ll listen carefully and repeat them in your own words.
Three – you speak so well now. Your pronunciations and sentence structure are so amazing for a kid of your age. You learn by listening carefully and imitating conversations that you hear. I’d like to take credits on that but I must admit that you learn most of them from Nick Junior. But again, you never fail to surprise us and make us laugh with the random things that you say.
Four – you are imaginative and you have an excellent capacity to entertain yourself. This is a plus point especially when you’re a single child with no siblings to play with. You like to make up your own adventures with your guns, revolvers and action characters.
Early this year, Daddy and I began contemplating adding another child to our family. It will be nice to have a sibling to grow up with you. However, due to some challenges, this has not been successful. Still, we decided to let nature takes its course.
Deep down, I’m convinced that I make a better parent of one than a parent of two. I can concentrate all my resources and parenting potential just on you. You should know that resources do not only mean money, but it also includes our time, attention, love and care.
I love everything about you, but the one thing that I love most is how you immediately run to me whenever I come home from work. My heart melts every time you hug me and say “I love Mama!”
Have a smashing year ahead, my dear son. We love you, and will always do.