Six On You


“The six year old is awake” you proclaim as you strut the robes of full fledged kid-dom.

Six on you looks like full length movies and an 8 o’clock bedtime…

and an imagination that fills the nighttime dark.

Six still means holes in every pair of pants you own…

paint and grass and dirt and scabs…

down and dirty with life.

Six looks strong…

and too tall to curl up in my lap,

but doesn’t keep me from trying.

Six looks like math and spelling and the discovery of reading.

Six on you is outside experiences taking up more space than I can.

Six on you means approaching first grade…

and a school bus I may not let you get on.

Six looks like a proud big brother

mixed with an annoyed “big kid”.

Six is the loss of baby eyes – the baby eyes that were in the kid face…

I hardly see them anymore.

Six on you is a sharp wit and a thirst for answers.

It is also poop and fart jokes…

and then some more poop and fart jokes.

Six is mommy begging for hugs…

and you running toward the world.

Six has me proud and terrified,

as it’s more letting go than holding on.

Six on you looks beautiful –

like adventure and promise.

Six is a barrel –

a barrel brimming with liquid life…

wildly rolling down the hill faster than I can run.

Maybe slow down a little…

mommy’s right here behind you…

I promise not to be a barrier…

but I’d be honored to be your sometimes bumper.

Go, baby.



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9 responses to “Six On You”

  1. ardenraine says:

    Lovely Momma. Just lovely.
    Happy New Year Kiddo!

  2. Amanda says:

    …more letting go than holding on…

    Hardest lesson ever.

    Loving six looks amazing on you.

  3. Alison says:

    I can’t believe he’s six. When I first started reading your blog, he was just a tiny three year old.
    Happy Birthday, young man.

    • Jenni Chiu says:

      OMG, I love that we’ve been reading each other that long… This also means that we’re due for a meet up – you know, after you’re done having babies. 😉

  4. Roxanne says:

    “like adventure and promise” – I love it.

  5. Dixie says:

    My oldest boy turns six in a week and a half and you completely just made me cry. I was trying to ignore it until it got here. haha Happy Birthday, little man

  6. Dammit but you can make me cry. I remember 6 so well. And as a grandmother I’m now going to get to see six again. But this time I’ll be watching my own baby deal with the pain/joy/agony of watching them grow up and go. So bittersweet. We want it so, but why does it have to hurt?

  7. there are days that we want time to stand still …but then I don’t think I could never pick a favorite day 🙂

  8. Liv says:

    My daughter is six. You’ve captured her perfectly. Thanks for brightening my day!

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