There are few things in life that I hope for you as much as I hope that you have a wonderful time when you go to school. I hope that you make new friends and are able to enjoy your old ones. I also hope that you are successful and that things at school make you happy.
I realize that things can be rough and this year I wanted to give you a few pointers to help you out. I wanted to share with you a few things that you need to be armed with as you walk inside those doors each day.
First, I want for you to find it in your heart to be kind. You might not like someone and someone might appear to be mean to you, but there is probably a reason that they are acting like that. Do I think that it is good that they are mean to you? No, but I do think that it is good to attempt to be the better person. You do not know what is happening in that child’s home. You do not know what they live through and chances are there is someone who is being mean to them.
Second, choose your friends wisely. Even if you are nice to everyone, everyone does not have to be your friend. Choose your friends that are like you and that you enjoy being around. Make friends with people who are really your friends and forget about those who are not. By the way, I do not think that this is easy but I do believe that it is something that can really help you in life. (Yes, even I, still struggle with this one.)
Third, try to stand up for those who can not stand up for themselves. Kids everywhere are going to be picked on. Do not fall into the temptation of picking on them too. Try and say something nice for them or to at least get others to stop. No one likes to be picked on even if they are a good sport about it and laughing along.
Fourth, remember to always try your hardest. Perfection is not important as long as you are giving it your all. Try your hardest in all areas of school, even those that you do not like, because you never know where that might lead you.
And now a little bit of my hopes and dreams for each of you:
Andrew, I hope that 7th grade rocks for you. I hope that you are able to make some new friends and enjoy more fun times with your old friends. I hope that you have a year that is exciting and challenging and that you find new interests along the way. I hope that you can find happiness and continue to have that strong sense of self that you show. Above all I want you to know that I love you and that you can come to me if there is a problem. I know that jr high can be tough but remember that what doesn’t break you can only make you stronger. Know that I am praying for you each day and that I am hopeful that you are going to have the best year yet.
Althea, keep that sweet side that makes you as gorgeous inside as you are on the outside. Remember to continue to be kind and generous with your amazing little spirit that I know you have. I hope that 2nd grade brings you lots of new joy and that you are not too upset about being put in a new school. Going to a new school can be really tough but I have no doubt at all that you are going to be successful this year. You are an amazing little girl who people can not help but fall in love with.
Huxley, on your first day of kindergarten remember that I am always with you and thinking about you. I hope that the year brings new friends and allows you to have a great time with old ones. I want you to be successful in school and to learn all of the things that you need to know to be successful in life. I also hope that you are not too disappointed when you learn that there is more to school than recess and PE.
Adeline, while today is not your first day of preschool that day will be happening all too soon. Where has my baby girl gone? You are growing up into the most amazing little girl and while I am sad to see that time as a baby end, I know that you are going to love preschool and making new friends. I hope that you really enjoy your days and that you are never sad when mommy is leaving. Remember always that I will be back to get you and that I am never very far away.
For all four of you, I want you to have the best years ever so that you can continue to smile and have joy. I want you to have friendships that last a lifetime and knowledge that you get to share with your own children when you are an adult.
PS Remember when you see mommy cry that I am not always sad, sometimes I am filled with so much love, admiration, and joy at who you are that I can not hold back all of the emotions that are welling up inside.