Friday, August 5, 2011

Dear Meryt

Dear Meryt,

I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that next week you will be a kindergartener. I knew this day would come. I've anticipated it for so long and I am beyond excited for you! I know you are going to absolutely love school. I just can not imagine what it will be like. The types of stories you will tell in the afternoon. Helping you with your homework. Working on projects with you. Taking you to cultural events. Washing and hanging your uniforms. The kids that are going in to 5th grade called you "baby Meryt" because you were so little when I taught them. It will be so weird for you to transition from calling all the adults I'm closest to "Mrs. First Name" to "Mrs. Last Name." We've been working on it, but I know there will be times when you just can't help calling your dance teacher "Mrs. Lindsay" or your first baby sitter "Miss Jana."

You are literally a {School Name} baby. You've been in that building since you were born. In fact, I was so proud of you that we stopped by to show you off to the office staff on our way home from the hospital. You were barely 2 days old and you were in that building! Last year, Daddy brought you to me almost every afternoon. In so many ways, you are probably the best prepared kindergartener--as far as knowing what to expect. You've just about seen it all!

I wonder if you're anxious. Do you feel confident? Do you wonder about the kids in your class? Do you feel any tension at all about the subtle shift that is going to take place next week in your life? This is really the first big "milestone" in your life. The first day of school. This will never happen again. I will never be able to say, "She's going to kindergarten next year." It's here. It's time.

I am so excited for you. I want this to open up a whole new world for you...a world of new facts, new experiences, new challenges. You are, truly, standing at the beginning of an incredible journey. I want this to be the fullest, most wonderful time of your life. It's amazing to me, that after 11 years of teaching, I'm the most excited about this year of any I've ever taught. I want for my students the same thing I want for you--the best experience possible. I have you to thank for invigorating me in a new and exciting way!

I love you, precious girl. I absolutely can not wait to see how this goes for you.



Kyla said...

Awww, she'll love it! Can't believe I'm going to have 1st and 4th graders this year!

Arizaphale said...

SUCH an exciting time. I still remember it. Before you know it she will be doing her penultimate school year and you will be nagging her to get off facebook :-(
Meanwhile, enjoy that innocent excitement and all the new experiences you are going to share together. xx

Allison said...

It is sad indeed. I really do think in the vast majority of the cases the public school should be able to figure something out. Yet sometimes the process is more of a fight than the parent is willing to weather. I for one got weary of the battle ground and bailed b/c a new approach seemed easier. Thank you for having such a burden and heart for these kids and families! (And how can I follow your blog? Don't see that option but I'm new at this.)