Each year of our children’s lives feels momentous for us parents. But, the age of 5 feels especially momentous. I am expressing this to you now, because my older daughter just turned 5 last week.
As delicious and special as the previous years have been, five feels different because I can sense my daughter’s growth as a person and the growth of our relationship. I am beginning to have deeper conversations with her. I can watch her soar as she reads more and more fluently. I am slowly expanding our list of heroes from fictional ones like Wonder Woman and Princess Leia, to actual heroes like Amelia Earheart, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Harriet Tubman, and many many others. The places we’ll go, the ideas we’ll discover, and the things we’ll teach each other excite me.
Every year, my wife–Shannon Berkowsky–and I have created a video in honor of each of our daughters’ birthdays. The first one was a black and white silent film, appropriate for a child who is not yet talking. Over the years, we did a variation of the “Sh*t People Say” meme, a parody of MTV’s Cribs, our own version of the “Harlem Shake,” and a parody of “Arrested Development” for our second daughter called “A Chesler Development.”
This year, for our 5-year-old, we imagined what it might be like if she had her very own Twitter account. Her tweets would range from the personal to the political, and from sweet to snarky. May this video, linked below, give you as much pleasure as it did us. Enjoy!