My New Year's Resolution was to write a letter to my nephew every week. And, so far, I've been sending him two pages or so of handwritten (printed, naturally) stories about what I've been doing, about things I've seen, that sort of thing, with little drawings as well.
But I'm convinced that I'm doing it wrong. I spend most of my time worrying that I'll be talking over his head (despite trying to not use big words). He can't fully read yet - just pick out a few things - so I know his dad is reading them to him, so I shouldn't worry that much, but I still do, especially when he starts properly reading.
And I just don't know what I can talk about to him. I mean, he likes airplanes (of which I know nothing), Wonderpets
(again, next to nothing), and Star Trek
(of which I know lots, but mostly about how Kirk and Spock are getting it on), and although his dad and granddad are die-hard Republicans, they're also massive geeks, so science talk is always popular.
Recent topics I've included in my letters have been:
* Growing heirloom potatoes
* The Staffordshire Hoard
* Being a web designer
* Chinese New Year and the Chinese Zodiac
* Making terrariums
* New Year's Resolutions
* The weather (always a good one!)
I've thought about including how I went to see the Carolina Chocolate Drops
and the evolution of the banjo, but is that too much?
But what on earth do I include? What's good? What might be over his head? What're good examples of books or webpages or whatever that match the four-year-old mentality? If you have a four-year-old, what sort of conversations do you have?