My oldest started kindergarten this week. That morning, I woke up early and laid in bed wide awake, in the wee hours of the morning waiting for what feelt like the most momentous event in her life so far to start.
I've mentioned before how much I dislike that age old cliche "they grow up so fast" but damn if it isn't the truest thing I've ever heard. I feel like I was just writing her a letter for her first birthday, or teaching her how to get dressed or brush her teeth on her own.
In that letter, I promised to try to be patient and to listen. I told her I'd try to seize the "teachable moments". I told her I'd try. I haven't been 100% successful. I've lost my temper. I've laughed when she's tripped instead of helping her up. I mean, let's be real....tripping is funny. I've teased her and taken advantage of her believing everything out of my mouth is true. I've given her fast food when healthy foods were just too time consuming. I've been imperfect. I suppose embracing that is a lesson in itself, probably too big for either of us to fully grasp just yet.
I've also held her hand as she's navigated a whole new world as a "big kid". This world with big kid emotions, and good vs. evil. A world with life and death where people are both kind and...Not. We've baked cookies and learned how to play board games, ride a bike, and matched clothes and shoes. We've done princess braids in our hair and danced to "Walking on Sunshine" a bazillion times. We've watched movies and cartoons and we've had tickle fights until neither of us could breath.
We sure have had fun.
I read Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss to her the other night. She will never know just how amazing that story is for the mama heart. It touches everything you could ever want for you child. If you haven't read it in a while, give it a shot...the line "kid, you'll move mountains" brings tears to my eyes every single time.
I am so excited for her. I'm so excited for this adventure. I wanted to do something special for her as she took on this new adventure so I made her a poster. She may not get it yet, but I hope she will some day. I ordered it to hang in her room. It has more love wrapped up in one little phrase than any letter I could possibly write.
So, here it is, for my girl, as she starts her journey into kindergarten: Lifestyle Photography by Lindsey Mix in Wilmington Delaware