To my sweet, five year-old, Maelie girl…the one who’s off to Kindergarten this morning,
This letter…it’s a hard one to write.
Whenever anyone has asked me how I feel about you going to kindergarten, my answer is always the same.
I can’t believe we’re here.
I stayed up late last night, staring at my computer screen, well aware that in ten hours I’d be walking you into your classroom for your first day. And there are a few things I know will happen…
I know I’ll cry. (I know you’ll tell me to stop, too.) 😉
I know you’ll completely melt me in your stinkin’ cute little uniform.
I know you’ll hug me goodbye.
And I also know that today will mark a change of seasons for us.
There have been so many times in our five years together when I’ve wanted to freeze time, or at least slow it down to a crawl.
Yet, this morning, I want that more than ever.
Kindergarten…it feels so huge. It’s EVERY. DAY. It’s the last year before all day. It’s new milestones that range from words and reading to crossing the street to the big school. It’s uniforms and learning to tie shoes, it’s new teachers and new adventures.
It’s a little bit of letting go. And that little…well, it will continue to lead to more and more.
There are many many days when it takes my breath away, this letting-go-of-you thing. I’m not ready. I don’t suppose I ever really will be.
But as I pound out these words and you are still off in dreamland…I just want you to know a few things.
I have loved the last five years. LOVED them. Being a stay-at-home-mama wasn’t something I always wanted to be, but I’m so grateful that God changed my heart. The opportunity to be with you, every day, has been the greatest, most wonderful gift, better than anything I could have imagined. I have loved spending our days together.
I love who you are…and who you are becoming. You captured my heart before I held you in my arms. I knew I would completely love you, but I had no idea what that looked like. And from the first moments of holding you to this very morning, I have continued to fall in love with the girl you have grown to be. You are absolutely incredible and so, so beautiful.
You have so much to look forward to. New friends, new teachers, new games, new stories, SO many new things to learn. Embrace it all and HAVE FUN!
It won’t always be easy. And when it isn’t, remember that you are surrounded by people who love you. And God loves you most of all.
No matter what, I hope you will always run to Him. Maelie girl, He loves you so much and He has such amazing plans for you.
This morning I’m letting you go a little more. I’ll leave you in your classroom, and you’ll begin a new journey, one that will lead you to places more wonderful than you can even imagine.
Yes, I’ll cry a little…but I’ll also be cheering for you.
There’s so much out there waiting for you. Don’t be afraid to dream BIG.
Go find your wings and fly, my girl.
I love you to the moon and back. (Plus infinity.) 😉