Friday, August 21, 2015

A Letter to My Daughter on Her First Day of Kindergarten

Dear Sophia,

You made it! On Monday, you'll head into the big building with the other big kids and begin a new adventure- Kindergarten. We've been through hundreds of diaper changes, feedings, kissing and band-aiding boo-boos, learning to use the potty and have now celebrated five birthdays.

You are a perfect combination of kind, sensitive, strong willed, silly, sweet, sassy, smart, caring, loving, independent, and oh so ornery. All of that is wrapped up into one brown- eyed, beautiful little lady that I couldn't be more proud of.

If I could pass one thing to you before your big adventure it is this:

Have courage to be yourself. Have courage to ask questions. Challenge the majority. In an appropriate way, of course. :) Have courage to stand up for yourself. Have courage to stand out from the crowd. Have courage to do your best, even if you are unsure of yourself. But mostly, be kind. Be kind to your teachers (please, for the love, especially your teachers!!!), to your friends and to all who you may meet. But, most importantly- be kind to yourself.

I know this is just the beginning of your journey and there are so many more treasured moments to be had. Through it all, I want you to know that I will be your biggest cheerleader, advocate and will always be with you, no matter what. I will always be holding your hand through life's biggest milestones and when you are ready, I will slowly loosen my grip, finger by finger, and let you go.

And on Monday, I will be there. I will hold your hand as we walk through those doors. I will help you put your back pack in your cubby. I will help you find your desk. And finally, I will say goodbye and give you a hug. And I will let go.

Back to School Night