Charley & Jackson,
Today you start your first day of Kindergarten. You've already both told me a million times how this is harder for me than it is for you. And I really am so happy that is the case. You both take on new challenges so positively, and I'm so relieved you do. But given that it's your first day of big kid school, your first day at 'German Immersion Kindergarten,' your first day in a classroom all by yourselves, I feel that I can't let the day pass without telling you a few things.
You are a little nervous that no one else in your class will have glasses. You are worried some kids might make fun of you for that. I hope you're wrong. But if you're right, I hope you remember what we talked about, and how you tell them that all the cool kids wear glasses and walk away.
You are excited about meeting new friends and getting to play with all of the new toys. I hope that you keep that confidence and excitement as you walk into the classroom and see all of the new faces.
You are a good friend, and I know you will make so many new friends quickly. I hope you remember to look for the good guys, and to seek out and play with the kids who are too nervous to ask anyone else to play.
You have a hard time speaking up in circle time, and when the teacher asks you a question. I hope you know how smart and capable you are, and how much everyone really wants to know what you have to say.
You want to be a big kid, and you won't let me call you my baby. I hope you know that I will never stop calling you my baby, because that is who you are!
I Love You.
You are so excited about Kindergarten you didn't want to go to bed last night. I hope you are able to control your body and your words, even though your excitement is about to pop out of you at every second.
You always have a good time, no matter what you're doing, so you know that Kindergarten is going to be the best time. I hope you have a teacher and classmates who love and respect how awesome you are to be around, like I do.
You can't wait to meet 100 new friends at your new school. It's really a shame there are only 24 in your class, because I think you would. I hope you remember what you told me about walking away from the 'bad guys' and playing only with the 'good guys.' And I hope you always know that you are, without a doubt, one of the 'good guys.'
You face special challenges in groups and with kids your own age. I hope you see that your special way of thinking and dealing with challenges makes you the strongest, most amazing boy anyone could ever know.
You say that you're not nervous at all about starting Kindergarten, that it's me who's nervous because I'm 'losing my babies.' And you are so right. I hope that you know that I'll never lose you. No matter if you're in Kindergarten, or if you choose to go to college many states (or even countries) away, you'll always be my baby.
I Love You.