Dearest Wee Bee–
As you embark upon brand new, sparkling adventures tomorrow (and for every September to come for a long while), I can’t help but think about all of the incredibly important lessons that you are about to learn.
And it’s not mathematics or reading or science or social studies or visual art or music or physical education (but shhh…you didn’t hear that from me). Don’t get me wrong- all of those subjects have their place, and will serve you well in years to come. But there are oh-so-many things that are oh-so-much more important.
You will learn about yourself.
You’ll learn how to climb mountains while conquering monkey bars.
You’ll learn how to be flexible when you have to miss your favourite class to go to an assembly (and then you’ll learn to listen and pay attention at the assembly, even as those around you may squirm a bit).
You’ll learn how to stick up for yourself if someone tries to get you to play a “princess” game when you want to play “ninja turtles” (and believe me, there will always be folks who will try to get you to play their game; to say yes when you really want to say no so that you can say yes to what your heart really wants to do).
You’ll learn if you like painting or music or co-operative games in physical education…or if you don’t.
You’ll learn if you like quiet time or outdoor play or making really loud noises with the big blocks.
You’ll learn the importance of cleaning up after yourself and putting things back where they belong (as much as I try to teach you this, it will never be more clear than when you lose your left mitten because it didn’t go back in your cubby and ended up in the lost and found with twenty seven million other left mittens).
You’ll learn about you. You’ll learn about who you are and who you want to be and who you don’t want to be.
And you’ll also learn this lesson, which is, I think, the most important one of all:
“When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together”- Robert Fulghum
Life is just better when we hold each other’s hands, my sweet girl. So do it, often, and proudly.
I can’t wait to hear all about your very first day tomorrow at dinner. (Hopefully we both won’t fall asleep into our dinner plates after our first days at school!).
Big big love always from your mama
(who will always share the first day of school with you, just at different schools!)