I had a thought today, you will now be able to read these letters that I have written you. I hope you like them.
You’re in Italy celebrating the New Year with your dad, thank you for calling me so often, I’ve loved our chats and hearing all about what you’re up to. Matty and I are busy sorting out your bedroom, it’s looking so much better and we hope you’ll love your new space.
You haven’t been in school for 6 months now, I removed you. You didn’t really understand why at first and asked if it was because they didn’t like you. I told you that’s not the case, you are loved by everyone. I just noticed you showing signs of stress when you came home and I want you to be happy. Being happy is way more important than being at school. You also don’t have to go to school to learn, you can learn at home and in the community, how cool is that? You will never stop learning in life, it does not have to begin and end at school.
The last 6 months you’ve been having fun and learning at the same time. You’re really into your climbing and drumming. We’ve also cooked lots and lots of cakes. I’ve loved having you home with me, it’s so good not to have to rush around to get ready for school. I love that we can just chill out, I love that you don’t come home from school and feel stressed. I’m getting to know you on another level, I feel very lucky to be able to spend so much time with you.
You’re ready to learn now. Isn’t it great not being forced to learn something that doesn’t interest you? You’ve started writing again, I remember you used to hate writing so I’m really happy you want to try and more importantly, enjoy it at the same time. No pressure.
As we turn our back on 2015, let’s reflect on what you’ve experienced.
You left school to be home educated – once you got over the initial shock you embraced it and took it in your stride, like you always do. I’m super proud and am going to love being a part of this journey with you.
You started drumming lessons – you try really hard, it can be tricky learning new things but you have persevered. I love how you play on your drums daily, whenever you want to. They’re REALLY loud but I love listening to you. I think you’re very talented, when you play them you’re happy and that makes me happy too.
You started indoor climbing club – It’s quite different to bouldering, I think you feel safer using ropes. You’ve managed to make it to the top and your technique is improving all the time. Well done!
You learned to swim – You no longer sink when your feet can’t touch the ground. You can swim in the deepend and are very confident in the water. Love it!
You’re a masterchef – I love your enthusiasm when you’re cooking something, you love food, it excites you. It’s not just something to fill you up, you’re genuinely interested in ingredients and taste. You will make marinades whenever you fancy it, I always find some interesting ones in the fridge. I like being surprised, I never know what I will find.
You were given your first electric guitar – This was an early Christmas present from me. We had a day out in town and you asked if we could go into the shop and have a look. You were so excited, I had to buy you one.
You were given drum sticks, a guitar pick and playlist by Muse – Wow! Thank you Simon for sorting this for you.
You met Brian May – Another BIG WOW! Thanks again to Simon for sorting backstage passes for you to see Whitesnake and Def Leppard. None of us expected you to meet such a legend, he’s also damn lucky to have met you as well. You love watching Queen videos on YouTube, incredible that you got to meet him eh? I reckon you’re ready for your first festival, 2016 will be the year we do this! I honestly can’t wait.
I’d say 2015 has been pretty special for you. I also know 2016 is going to be more so.
Love you so much and can’t wait to see you on Monday.