Dear little one,
Yes, your Mumma writes you a lot of letters, and here’s one more to mark the occasion of your first day of school.
I woke up this morning, and you suddenly looked not so little anymore. I know, you still sleep right next to me, last night you woke up, crying bitterly about the sore calves you felt because of the ‘growing up pain’ and this morning you look grown up. A little bit more grown up from your little toddler days. Now you are a preschooler.
Then you twisted & turned and then smiled and said, ” New School today, Mumma?” And I nodded.
We went to the bathroom, you knew the drill, I saw you brushing your teeth and tried to remember your gummy smile when you had no teeth. You excitedly got dressed in your new uniform. You had your breakfast and you wore your shoes, yourself, though wrong shoes on the wrong foot. I sighed, there, you needed me. I know silly, right?
I must tell you that I am very happy for you, very excited for you and very nervous for me. After all, it is your first day of school! You have got yourself a great School as your first.
You are a smart little girl and you were a Rockstar all through the admission process. You had a few offers for admission and we choose this school for you. We sincerely hope that may this be the correct launch pad of your formal education that’s going to last at least 13 years and many many more should you fall in love with academics, and grow up a scholar like your mom & dad.
School is a wonderful place my little one. It’s not only a place where you receive an education but it’s also a place where you learn independence. This will be the place that will keep you away from your Mom & Dad, few hours, every weekday. It’s the longest you would stay away from your Mom. Here, you will be known by your first name, for what you stand for, your little personality. It’s a place where “You will not be known as our child but we will be known as your parents.”
On this day, as you step into an institution that will change your mind, your outlook, your knowledge base, may be even your accent, I bless you. I pray that you excel in studies, curricular and extracurricular. I pray that if and when you fail, you learn from your failure and you bounce back brighter, smarter & more hopeful of future success. I pray that you get guided by wonderful teachers because they will be your lighthouse because sometimes, you will trust their words over your parents. And I hope that you get beautiful company. You are our only child, but I hope you find and make such great friends in this school, that you don’t miss having a sibling.
You have made us proud parents already, even before you stepped into your school. You are a beautiful child, pure sunshine. You are articulate, you are creative, you are imaginative and you are very loving and kind. We cannot wait to see you bloom and grow up as a well-rounded, educated, good human being. Because, we know what you are capable of, our sweet child.
I saw you excitingly get into the gates of your school. You insisted that you want to hold, Daddy & Mummy’s fingers. We held your hands and took you to your classroom. I saw you nervous, you held me tight and asked if I will come inside with you.
I am with you on this journey. A journey that I thought ended 2 decades back, but here I walk on this path with you again. I will be with you as you learn the alphabets and as you progress to learning algebra. I will be breaking my head all over again with you on trigonometry problems and science models. I know our holiday decisions will now be ruled by your school calendar and my schedule of the day will include driving duties to take you to school and other classes and bring you back. It’s a new beginning for us all.
It’s only the first day of school today. I know you will take some time to adjust. I know there will be some tears, separation anxiety and we both will go through it but I also know that you will do very well in your school life. You have an academic bent of mind, you are smart, you are curious and you have a kind and loving heart. Your teachers will love you and soon you will make many new friends. You will leave my fingers and run to your classroom. You will learn to enjoy your society of little people and have wonderful conversations, games, projects, crafts, and experiences. Slowly, you will get a sense of belonging there. Trust me, I can feel it. I have been there and so Mommy knows it.
I, on the other hand, will be there at the end of school hours every day waiting to give you hug. I want you to know that I will be all ears to listen about your day, your achievements, glories, and follies. I am sure of your bright future and though I am feeling overwhelmed right now, I am very excited for you and your new beginnings.
Now go on little one.
Explore & Enjoy your first step towards education.
Happy first day of school day to you!
I love you.
Note to my Readers:
Did you like this article? How did you feel on the first day of your child’s school? Did you cry? I encourage you to write a letter to your child and put it in a memory box. Do share with them when they go for their first day of college. I will do it for sure.
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