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Li’l D’s first blog

A month or two ago, I sat in a tiny chair at a tiny desk and chatted with my older son’s first grade teacher.

Li’l D’s best grades were in Science and Religion. His worst–but still decent–grade was in … writing. (I know, right?!)

I told his teacher I wasn’t concerned, and that I felt he’d find his own groove in his own time. I explained that I’d spent huge chunks of his earlier years trying to force skills upon him before he was ready for them, and that this frustrated all while benefiting none. In fact, he flourished more the further back I stood.

Yesterday he asked if he could start a blog. Delighted, his dad and I helped him create one.* His inaugural post was two sentences; today’s post, five (related!) sentences.

I have a feeling he’s likelier to find fondness for writing here in the broadness of the blogosphere than from the narrow confines of a student desk.

I look forward to witnessing his writing journey, though I’ll support him just the same
if he only posts twice ever and continues favoring science and religion!

* We’ll even give him the password in five or ten years!

  1. June 29, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Very Cool! Go Li’l D!

  2. June 29, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    He not only has his first blog posts, he has his first blog comment. Hooray for Li’l D!

    • June 29, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Oops — make that the first comment on his second post. I got so excited, I missed all the great comments on the first one!

      • June 29, 2016 at 5:54 pm

        He was excited! He’s so excited that he wants to post another post tonight. We told him he can post another one tomorrow, but that he’s welcome to respond to comments if he’d like … though it’s past his usual screen shut-off time! :p

    • June 29, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Thank you so much! ♥

  3. Deb
    June 29, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    This is great Deb. I put him in my followed blogs so I can comment often, or as least as often as he decides to write 😉

    • June 30, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you, Deb! ♥ (Your comment was the first he replied to, not that I’m making note of all these firsts!)

  4. June 29, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Good for him!

    • June 30, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      If we can get him into writing in the morning, that’d be good for us. Right now, it seems like his inclination is to wait till the very last moment in the evening and use blogging as a way of forestalling sleeping. :p

      • July 1, 2016 at 8:27 am

        Gee, kids hardly ever look for ways to postpone bedtime!

  5. June 29, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Um? ❤ ❤ ❤ Magical. Can't wait to see his world through his blog.

    • June 30, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Ditto! I hope it’ll be like bedtime. I’ll try to engage him in conversation earlier in the day and he’ll wave me off. Then bedtime comes and it’s this beautiful outpouring of all the things he experienced and felt …

      His typing skills won’t allow that in writing, for a time, but it’s delightful to imagine the convergence of the desire and the typing ability. 🙂

      • June 30, 2016 at 7:51 pm

        It’s all so very earnest, though! So even if his typing or grammar isn’t “perfect” each post and comment reply brings a smile to my face. 🙂

        • June 30, 2016 at 7:57 pm

          About the “right” (instead of “write”) in his first post, I told Anthony of my warring desires to correct it and leave it as is for this record of who he is now. Anthony said it was easy: “Just ask him if he wants to correct it!” He said no, and so … it stands. 🙂

          • June 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm

            Yep, I think it’s perfect, and Anthony is right. (Must resist a pun. 😉 )

  6. June 29, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Tree, behold your apple. ❤

  7. June 29, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Mama your heart must be exploding with J O Y !
    I followed him 💜

    • June 30, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      It is! Even if he decides it’s not for him, it’s a joy just to see him giving a shot! (I almost made this a much longer post by pointing out all the bloggers he loves, including mom, dad, and a few aunties, but … the thought of him coming upon his own love of writing is a sweet one!)

      Thank you! ♥

  8. June 29, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Yay Li’l D. And his mama.

    • June 30, 2016 at 7:40 pm


      If we could just get the two-year-old at a keyboard, it’d be a whole family ordeal!

      Of course … half or three-quarters are dandy, too!

  9. Holly
    June 30, 2016 at 5:22 am

    He could write about science and religion, right? I bet his viewpoints are pretty awesome 😀

    • June 30, 2016 at 5:29 am

      Yes! One morning, we wanted to see what he’d write about if given free subject rein. He researched how TVs are made and wrote a rockin’ report. I’d love to read more. 🙂

  10. June 30, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Awesome! I’ve had mine for a few years, and he’s already written more than I have. 🙂

  11. June 30, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Doesn’t fall far, sometimes bounces. ❤

    • June 30, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      (thinking of you often, which I should translate to a phone call–I really want to hear your voice!)

  12. June 30, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Good for him! It’ll be great to have that to look back on when he’s older.

  13. June 30, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Love it… 🙂

    • July 3, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you for your comments! I think commenting is going to be a slowly acquired taste for Li’l D. :p

      • July 3, 2016 at 9:45 pm

        I have to remember to keep them shorter, too…lol. I’m so used to rattling something off and hitting send … forgot for a moment that I was writing to a six-year-old! I hope he gets a kick out of the fact that people comment… 🙂

  14. July 1, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I think this is great; great job, great kid, great parents.

  15. July 5, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    So adorable! Im so glad he is doing this, what a great idea. I hope he enjoys it.

    • July 9, 2016 at 4:31 am

      He does! The only struggle is that we’re asking him to handwrite his posts first, so he gets practice. He looooooooves blogging (even giving me a thank-you note last night for letting him start a blog!), but he does not like the handwriting. 🙂

  16. July 7, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    OMG, I am so thrilled reading his posts. They are freaking adorable. I have the cutest nephews! And, Ghost in the Closet? Oh, he loves his mommy! He makes my heart melt! ❤

    • July 9, 2016 at 4:34 am

      Right?! That he chose Ghost in the Closet just made me beam, even before he started writing!

      (He was sooooo sad the email address was unavailable.)

  17. July 31, 2016 at 8:27 am

    This is all kinds of wonderful. What a rare and beautiful chance to peek inside his mind!

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