It feels like just yesterday that I held you in my arms for the very first time. You were so small and delicate and I remember being overwhelmed with love for you and fear that I’d fall short of the matriarchal mark somehow. Yet, as you have grown, so have I. Somehow, through the daily tasks of changing your diaper, feeding you, hugging you, kissing you, reading to you and playing with you, my fear has been replaced by grace-filled understanding. I’ve learned that you appreciate words of affirmation, you need positive strokes and you truly cherish gifts from the heart regardless of how big or small they are. You are thoughtful and considerate, loyal and steadfast, nurturing and independent, strong and sensitive. You are beautifully and wonderfully made and my heart is full to overflowing with the thought of what a blessing you have been to me.
Lately, my eyes have been frequently drawn to you, soaking in the cadence of your voice, your mannerisms, your essence. It baffles me that three and a half years have whispered past us so quickly, while I was so completely engrossed in watching you become the awesome child you are at this moment. You were steadily growing up in the mundane moments while I taught you how to spell your name, encouraged you to pick yourself up and dust yourself off when you fell, kissed your boo-boos, sang to you on road trips and told you I love you time and time again. The individual days felt full and long but the years have definitely flown.
As I sit here writing this letter to you, the clothes I picked out for your first day of school are hanging in your closet, your new backpack is ready to go and your little alarm clock has been set. Tomorrow morning, we will hold your hands and walk with you towards this new adventure. You are not alone.
I hope school will be a place where you will thrive academically, experience healthy friendships and discover more about the world that we live in. I hope your experience in school will bring out the very best in you. Please remember, our home will always be a safe haven when you are faced with adversity. I’m never too busy to listen to you share what happened in your day, and finally, always remember that you are a strong, intelligent, resilient, beautiful child of God and I love you.
With lots of love from here to the moon and back,