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To My Daughter on Her First Day of Kindergarten

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My Dearest Daughter,

Tonight I tucked you into bed for the last time as a preschooler. Tomorrow you will officially start kindergarten. In the blink of an eye, you have gone from the tiny baby that I held in my arms to a little girl that I love to wrap my arms around.

It’s amazing how far we’ve come in the past five years. You are the little girl that started me on this path of motherhood. I’ll admit that I was scared at first. Scared of what kind of mom I would be. It’s a huge responsibility to be a mom, and I wanted to be a good one to you. But the second that I held you in my arms, all of those fears went away. Each day that I’ve watched you grow and mature, little by little, those fears diminish.

Those times that you go and hug your sister because she’s hurt, that’s why I have no fear. When you wake up in the morning and immediately kiss your brother, that’s why I have no fear. Your incessant desire to help me unload the dishwasher or fold the clothes, that’s why I have no fear. You’re a giver and a lover. That’s what makes you, you.

In just a few hours, I’ll let you out of the car and watch you walk away from me for the very first time. You will see me cry and my heart will ache as you walk through those school doors, but it’s not because I am sad. I’m crying because I am so proud of you. Proud of this young lady that you have become. Proud of the little girl who is fearless to start on this new journey. Proud of my daughter, who told me she couldn’t wait to go to kindergarten so that she could learn something new and make new friends.

I’ve held you close to me since the day you were born and now I’m letting you go. It’s your time to flourish and discover your little piece of the world. And while I might be sad now because I won’t have you around as often, I’m so excited because now all of the good that you have taught me for the past five years, you can now go and do the same for others.

Love,

Your very proud Mommy

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