Dear Children, the first day of school is coming.
In fact, it is so close that we have already started changing our routine back to fit in with busy school days and extracurriculars.
Summer is almost over.
Gone will be the days of a more relaxed schedule, and back will be the days of homework battles, school lunches and being pressed for time.
AN OPEN LETTER TO MY KIDS ON THEIR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
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I want you to know that I have truly enjoyed this summer.
While I know that we have been busy, I with work and you with activities, we have managed to spend a lot of time together, just enjoying each other’s company.
While you might be feeling a little anxious about going back to school, I will never truly tell you that I am too. I do not want you to see that I am also somewhat hurting.
You see, I love spending time with you.
I love hanging out.
I love the relaxed schedule of the summer.
I love watching you run through the sprinkler.
I love watching lounge on a chair eating some cheese and crackers while you talk to me about your life.
I love this connection and quite frankly I fear what happens when you go back to school.
I am afraid to let you go.
Not because I do not think you are smart enough. Not because I fear you are going to get hurt, but because with each passing school year I realize just how fast you are growing up right before my eyes.
I realize how quickly the days of me walking you to school each morning will pass.
I realize how the afternoons of you running up to me after a long day of school to greet me with open arms and excitement will turn into you sauntering home with your friends without me by your side.
I know that one day, you will not need me as much as you do right now, and that day is coming very soon.
In fact, it has already begun as I watch you grow into young children that can “do it by myself mom.”
I want you to know how incredibly proud I am of who you are becoming. I want you to understand just how much I love you, and value or time together.
I am going to miss this summer and all the fun we had.
I will treasure it forever.
So, as I send you off to school on this first day, I am wearing sunglasses covering my eyes so you can not see the tears.
I may walk away a little quicker today because I do not want you to see me cry.
Transitioning back to school is hard for both of us. I will get used to the routine again, but for now, it will be hard.
This year, I will stick a note in your lunch box telling you how much I love you every day.
Even though I know you may feel too old for that now because I will never be too old for that and when it’s over I will miss it.
Love you forever,
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