I wanted to post a special message to you for you birthday Boo, but everything I wanted to say was really about me. A friend once observed that having children was the greatest expression of ego. Now I understand what that means.
You have been your own unique, confident, and tenacious individual from an early age (before birth as far as I am concerned). As I watched you at your birthday party, I saw how you changed my view of the world during your second year.
You have become wonderful friends with our next-door neighbor who is four years older. Despite the age difference and the language barrier (not a lot of people speak early toddler), you create games to play together and are excited to share things you enjoy. She is a wonderful friend, carrying you out of trouble and helping you change in and out of all of your shoes. You both make each other excited to share.
I watched you become fast friends with children around the world and our neighborhood despite age, language and physical differences. In Bali, you spent 3 hours running around with a 5 year old boy from Java. He taught you to play tag and jump down steps without a single word of English.
You shared a mysterious Balinese treat with the sons and mother of the great wayan puppeteer and puppet maker, I Ketut Sudinana.
You showed a baby from Japan how to eat satay.
You helped cheer up a Hong Kong boy who was having a bad morning (terrible two fit).
I thought you were shy and clingy but I now see that you can create personal relationships across many barriers with little effort. This is something travelers continuously seek, including me. Will you teach me what you know?
PS – I’ll try and take you on some good trips this year so we can practice. Egypt maybe?