15 November 2015

Eleven



Like I have read on so many blogs recently we too have been celebrating a birthday in our house this week.  Cameron celebrated eleven times round the sun on Thursday with a quiet day at home and a friend for tea, which were his requests.  Daddy suprised him by returning home a day early from working away and spent the afternoon at home with us.

So eleven years of being a mother, the best eleven years of my life so far.  We forge this journey together you and I, learning from each other.  I don't always get it right and am always grateful that you are so understanding of the mistakes I make.  You are a gentle, sensitive soul.  You have changed so much in the last year, making my heart swell and sing so many times.  When I talk to grandma about you and what you have been doing she tells me that I was the same, this makes me happy as I know all will be well.

You have moved into a new level of independence.  You were a Beaver Scout for a year when you were seven but decided that Cubs was not for you.  When you discovered you were old enough to start Scouts you went off by yourself to the first meeting.  You have made your first friend in the village, someone whose house you can walk to, a friend to go off on bike rides with, walks with and hang out with all things you have done over the past months.  This has not been without its problems, especially when we lost each other in the village in the dark, but you used your head and worked out what to do and we found each other with a hug.  You were upset but calm, happy to be safely reunited

You have made some big decisions about friends.  About what they mean to you.  About other people's behaviour.  We have long discussions about big issues.  You are thoughtful but not judgemental.  I can see that some things you are still grappling with and others you have sorted for yourself.

You are looking to me more for guidance with your learning.  Seeking out a bit more structure than you have wanted in the past.  We have been talking about the future of your learning, school or not to school for now we are sticking with the latter.

It feels like it has been a big year, with growth both physical and mental.  I feel we have grown so much closer, we talk about everything and anything something you have not found easy with in the past.  I hope we can continue on that path for your twelfth year round the sun.

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  1. Happy birthday to Cameron, I hope he had a lovely day.

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  2. Happy birthday to the young man. He sounds a charming fellow. Enjoy him whilst you can they grow up all to fast and set off on their own adventures as you will know if you have read my blog! But they do say that the early years are what counts and he will surely by then have learned what he needs to know. I know the Wanderer reflects back to me things I remember telling her way back when she was 11 and which during later years it seemed she hadn't been hearing but maybe she had needed to prove for herself as will Cameron.

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    1. Its funny you should say that as I have vivid memories from this age. He is great company and always has been, but I have to say its better and better with each year.

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  3. Happy belated Birthday! One of mine turned eleven this month too. It is such a wonderful age, but then again, I say that for all their birthdays and mean it! I hope you had a lovely day.

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    1. It is a wonderful age, I am enjoying it so much. A belated Happy Birthday to your eleven year old too :) it does seem to be the month for birthdays!

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  4. Happy birthday Cameron. Eleven is a wonderful age. May you have many wonderful adventures this coming year!

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    1. I do hope so, I feel like we are on the cusp of something really good and exciting.

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  5. Happiest of days Cameron!!! Wishing you all the best on your next trip around the sun.

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  6. Happy Birthday! Cherish every wonderful moment. X

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    1. I hope to, writing it down here helps to keep those memories alive. Its amazing how much you forget when you thought you'd remember for ever.

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  7. Happy Birthday Cameron
    (both our kids seem to have close birthday's - my eldest will be eleven in a few weeks too)

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    1. They do, don't they and they are close in age too!

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  8. happy birthday, may the year ahead be full of adventures x

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  9. Happy belated birthday to Cameron! This is a beautiful post about/to him. He's about ten months older than my son, so I can relate to much of what you've written here. It's an interesting age and I've enjoyed it a lot. I hope you're having a good week so far, take care.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. It is an interesting age, I feel like we are embarking on a whole new avenue of our journey.

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  10. Lovely. Happy11 years of mothering to you. 11 is a big year! Many good wishes for both of you as you forge ahead.

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    1. Thank you Andrea. It is does feel like it is going to be a big year, I am so looking forward to where it takes us.

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  11. Birthday blessings to you both x

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    1. Thank you, hope to catch up with you soon :)

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  12. Happy birthday!!! And congrats to you on being such a devoted Mom!

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  13. Oh wow, eleven seems so very grown up! Happy Birthday to Cameron and many more of them!

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    1. It does feel it too. I know that when Alice reaches this age it won't as he will then be fifteen!

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  14. Happy belated birthday to your sweet boy ( rather, little man).
    What beautifu words, a letter to treasure for sure.

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