I found this today. It's an essay Jayce wrote when he was about 8 or 9. (He's now 11)
"My hero is my mom. She is always there for me, she is always teaching me things. And even if she wasn't my mom I would still think of her as mine.
My mom is always there to help me. Espeally (especially) when I'm hurt. Like when I get in bike crashes. She'll help me. My mom is really nice most of the time unless she is tired. She has dark blonde hair like mine.
She always tought (taught) me things like not to lie and to obey adults except strangers which she tought me not to talk to.
My mom isn't just my mom she is also a friend and like I said earlier a good friend. She cares and loves for me as I do to her."
I think I will drag this out every couple of years and look at it. It will cheer me up, I'm sure.
Unless I'm tired and not really nice. Then I will use it as a bribe. "See Jayce! At one time I was your HERO! So, no. You may not get a nose ring".