To my newly-minted first grader:
You’re home and you’re ready for a fun-filled summer, reunited with your baby brothers for the next two months. I’m already looking ahead to how we will fill our days together. I have lists… oh, I have lists– projects I’d like to tackle, places I’d like to take you boys, camps you’ll be attending. And still lots of wide-open time together, room for spontaneous playdates and airplane rides on my feet, water fights and bike rides.
For a moment though, can we just pause?
You just finished KINDERGARTEN. As fast as this year flew by, and as eager as we are to start the summer, let’s not forget to relish this moment. Let’s celebrate this milestone, take this picture. Let’s go out and celebrate tonight, as a family, because we know how far you’ve come since the first day, even if we didn’t see all the incremental changes. You’ve gotten taller, and you’re wearing bigger clothes and shoes, but you’ve maintained your character, and it has truly shined this year as you’ve come out of your shell day by day.
Your kindergarten teacher wrote you the most beautiful letter. I love that this letter is written in the book that all your preschool teachers also signed, the book all your future teachers will touch, I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, one of my favorite authors, one who touched so many people before her passing.
“…I have loved being your kindergarten teacher. You have grown so much this year and it has been my pleasure to be able to witness your growth! You have blossomed from a shy boy with a sweet smile to a more outgoing boy with that same sweet smile! 🙂 I have loved watching you become a role model to your peers. You have a strong sense of right and wrong and you make great choices. You are respectful and responsible and just enough mischievous to remind me that you’re still a little boy. 🙂 I hope you keep your love of learning and love of life. You are so, so special! I will look forward to hearing of your successes…”
Let’s pause, before marching onward, swept into looking ahead to what’s next and what first grade will hold for you, to truly savor the brand new experience we just had, soak up your achievements, and learn from the mistakes and losses. Before we turn toward the next milestone, let us be thankful and grateful for where we’ve come from and the people who touched us along the way. I love that in addition to being your mommy, I got to be your school counselor this year and came to know all your classmates– another unique experience for me and for both of us.
Most of all, I want you to know that I love you.
And I’m so very proud of you.