My Dearest First Born Son!
It is September and we are embarking on a new school year. You are entering Kindergarten at the age of 5 and I have been amazed at who you have become since your birth. The day I found out the blessed news that your father and I were expecting you was the day that all my hopes and dreams for you began. I waited nine full months in wonderment about who you would be. What your personality would be like, and where your life would take you. The day you were born was one of the most happiest days of my life. Your first cries filled my heart with joy a joy that only a mother would understand. Never in my wildest dreams would I have known what lessons I would learn while being your parent.
I have learned so much about who you are. You have an incredible knack for teaching me patience, humility and how to enjoy life with you. I enjoy your shy nature, your ability to love and be empathetic, and I love how you have a sense of family and home. Son, I have watched your shyness in the past two years dissipate with each new experience. You've made great friend connections and have learned lessons along the way as well. The road certainly is not a straight one. The road ahead with each new year, experience and the unknown is curvy has peeks, valleys and twists and turns. But you are equipped at the age of five to begin navigating those roads. I will be right there with you. I will be your mother, a supporter, an encourager, a friend, and will help you navigate those tough times and ride along with you in those grand times.
So you are entering your Kindergarten year! I am terrified of letting go, sad that the years have flown by so fast, proud of the accomplishments you've made socially, emotionally and academically, and overjoyed that I am here to watch your life unfold! My wish for you through this school year is that you have enough support, enough time, enough experiences and enough love from us to have one heck of a successful school year. I will be amazed at the end of this school year at what you have learned about yourself and the world in which you live, who you have grown to be and what you aspire to do. I am blessed to be your mother and I couldn't be more proud of you than what I am today.
So as I write this letter that I share with you and the world, I am thinking of all of the last minute things that I could do to make your first day of Kindergarten the best memorable day ever. AND yes, we will take your first day of school "picture" with a chalkboard as we always do, so no groaning over that. YES, I will walk you to school and be late to work (my boss already said that was okay)! I am excited to pack your lunch (with a little something extra special) of course. I will most likely shed a few tears as I leave your classroom (of course after watching a few interactions and lingering around as long as I can). I will trust your teacher and teacher assistant to take good care of you and I will trust you to do your best! I will think about you all day long, wondering how you are doing, if you are having fun, meeting new friends and chatting with your old ones, and I will ask you about your day! Son I love you with all of my heart and I wish this to be a great year together.
Remember, you are my son and I love you so very much!