There’s a common saying, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone” and it’s one you’ve learned early on in your life. When we went on our Asia travels, you were very vocal about who you missed: Kili. You bolted up every morning and would say “gou gou” on repeat like an alarm clock (“gou gou” is dog in Chinese). As if that wasn’t enough, periodically throughout the day, you would ask for gou gou on our phones and we would take time out of whatever activity to show you videos of Kili on repeat.
And when we returned home and you saw Kili again, you somehow learned how to give Kili hugs and offered one to her whenever she would take it.
Your mother and I have also recently experienced a bout of the whole not appreciating something until we don’t have it anymore. More specifically, it relates to you…or rather, an earlier version of you. You just change so fast these days it’s sometimes hard to even keep up or remember how you used to be – I say it as an objective fact and it is all good. Regardless of whatever physical or mental development you’re going through, you’re just so happy and so much fun. We love you so much.