Kindergarten Wishes

by Katie on August 6, 2015

11032627_765086464160_7458989171116825832_nI knew he would grow up.  I knew he would not always be that tiny little guy with big eyes and a wild mop of hair. I knew he would outgrow those chubby toddler legs.  I knew the words that he so cutely mispronounced would one day be said correctly. I knew his handsome face would start looking more and more grown up. I knew one day I would send him off to kindergarten.  I knew this day would come, but I just did not expect for it to come in a blink of an eye.

In a little over two weeks, Drake will start kindergarten and we will be entering a whole new season of life.  He is ready.  I know he will be fine.  But I’m not ready. And I don’t know if I will be fine.

11377156_754658581720_6794781278591388345_nHe is my buddy. He likes the adventures I plan for us and always wants to know what is on the agenda for the day. He stops whatever he is doing when I ask for a hug or a quick snuggle. He still thinks spending time with me is the best time spent. He is my pal and I’m going to miss him like crazy.

But this is life isn’t it? Part of having kids is the bitter sweetness of watching them grow up and spread their wings.  I want my kids to fly, but that does not mean my heart does not break and swell with pride all at the same time.

So in two weeks I’m going to put on my biggest, bravest smile and walk my sweet boy into his new school. I will kiss him good-bye and I will sit in my car and cry remembering that little tiny swaddled baby we brought home and wondering how in the world we got here so fast.  I’ll count down the minutes until I can go pick him up and we will go home and eat cookies and I will try and pull every single detail out of him about his first day of school.

But then, just like everything else, time will keep marching on and this big giant milestone will start fading in the distance as we march towards the next one…

When Drake started preschool 2 years ago, I wrote these wishes out for him. These are things I hope become written on his heart:

Be Curious 

Never be afraid to ask questions. Dig for the answer if you have to. Have a desire to learn. Read books on all different subjects. Be curious about the world around you, there is so much more out there than this little town that we live in. Try new foods.  Explore new places. Ask why things work the way that do.  Always be willing to learn something new and you will be amazed at the things you will find out.

Be Brave

There will be times when you are afraid. There will be times when you don’t want to do something. Be brave. Try new things. Make new friends.  Do scary things once and awhile. Sometimes life is easier when you don’t take risks and when you play it safe-don’t always do that. Some of the greatest gifts and memories in life come from doing things that make us uncomfortable.

Be Kind

Be kind to the kid on the playground that nobody else is nice to. Be kind to your teachers and treat them with respect. Be kind to your brother and love him no matter what. Be kind to animals, especially our sweet dog, Skinner, as he has loved you without condition your whole life. Be kind to property and take care of your items. Be kind to us (your mom and dad) as we always have your best interest in mind and love you more than you know. Kindness is a quality that people like and recognize. Being kind will make you a better person and has the ability to change other peoples lives.  Please, always be kind.

Be Yourself

This is the most important thing I can teach you. You are wonderful Drake, absolutely wonderful. You are made the way that God intended you to be and there is not one single other person in this world who is like you. Don’t change for other people, if they don’t like you the way that you are, they are not worth your time. Always let your morals and values be your compass. Stand up for what you believe in and don’t let other people tell you that you are wrong just because you think differently than they do.  I promise you there will always be so many people who love you just because you are you.

Those are my wishes for you…my prayers for your life.  As you start out as a kindergartner those wishes are going to mean very different things to you than they will as you walk into your first day of high school, but being curious and brave and kind and mostly importantly being YOU will carry you far in every aspect of your life.  You already carry every single one of those qualities with you and make me so very proud. I can’t wait to watch you grow. Now go and soar!

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