For months we have talked about the First Day of Kindergarten. We have discussed what he is looking forward to and what he fears about starting school. You know today is a big exciting day but you can’t even comprehend how significant today is. The start of your school career that will span for more than a decade. You are the class of 2032 which seems insanely far away but I know how long the days seem as a single mom but how incredibly short these years are. In the blink of an eye you will most likely be giving the valedictorian speech in your cap and gown; where I will be once again balling my eyes out because time goes way too fast. ( a mom can dream right?)
Today you will begin to embark on so many memories with new friends, experiences and the things you learn that will last you a lifetime. The memories of your toddlerhood and preschool days will soon fade away and be replaced with new ones. Today August 28th 2019 seems like a normal sunny August day in California but its actually the start of something extremely special. These are the years that will shape your mind, beliefs and passion into who you are meant to be. Today is when mom has to let you go a little more and sends you off into the world to become you and to allow you to take all I have taught you over the last 5 1/2 years and pray I have done alright.
I hope you begin to build lifelong friendships, the ones who are there for you when I can’t be. I want you to make good solid friends and not worry about having too many.
I hope you fall in love with your teachers and their passion and knowledge to teach you. I hope you ask them questions and learn from them.
I hope you continue to fall in love with reading and never lose your creativity and imagination.
I hope that you’ll bravely raise your hand, even when a classroom discussion makes you uncomfortable or you aren’t certain you know the right answer.
I hope you will graduate with a firm grasp on the differences between your and you’re, to and too, and there, their and they’re. Trust me, when you are trying to make a point on the internet, the grammar police will be out in full-force!
I hope you remember you are my son and you truly can do anything you put your mind to. Never give up!
I hope you love learning.
Your lunchbox is packed. Your new backpack sits patiently by the door, anxiously awaiting adventures of the next 9 months. When I hug and kiss you goodbye this morning, I may find my eyes filled with tears, I won’t be crying with sadness, but with pride, excitement and anticipation at the wild, wonderful life that’s ahead of you. You are ready. Go chase your dreams, sweet child.
I hope you have a great first day of Kindergarten. I can’t wait to hear all about it.