Goooooddmorrningg! Happy Monday everyone! I hope that you enjoyed the gorgeous weather this weekend and soaked up every last bit of summer that you could because the days are upon us. Yup, it’s here. School time. Whether you are the one getting on the bus, waving to someone on the bus, or sitting in traffic behind the bus, back to school takes a toll on us all. I thought this would be a great time to talk about all the amazing things that this time of year represents.
As some of you know, this is my first year teaching. This morning I will have the pleasure of meeting 18 first graders that are mine for the whole year. Mine to love. Mine to teach. Mine to watch learn and grow. And while I think of that, I can’t help but think of all of you. The ones who are saying goodbye. The ones who raised these kids. The ones who are struggling right now in some sort of way. Believe me, I am thinking of you and so are all the other teachers out there. Know that in your heart. Know that in your soul. Know that your baby, however big or small, near or far, old or young, will be okay. They will embrace this new stage of life and they will indeed, fly.
With that being said, I know that for some of you cannot wait for that bus to come. You have the mimosas ready to go as soon as you wave goodbye. I also know there are some of you who can barely bear letting those little faces get on the big bus and say goodbye to them for the day. And I know some of you are dreading hearing the alarm and being outside of the house before noon. But believe me, it will be okay. I know that this time of year holds many emotions, but like everything the first step is the hardest. We all know that school and growth and learning and friends are all good things, but we struggle with it. We dread the beginning, but then we end up loving it. I want you to remember that this week as you send them off to do what they are supposed to do, learn and be kids!
So, let this season be the season of change. Let this year be different. I want us to be excited about all the change. I want us to look at all the progress and growth and celebrate it. I want us to learn from out mistakes because well they are proof that we are trying. I want us to look at all of this as a positive instead of a sad story. This is life. This is your kids life. This is their childhood, their memories. This is the beginning of all their hopes and dreams. I always say every doctor and lawyer had to go to kindergarten. This is where it starts and that alone is why we should celebrate. So when they get off the bus, ask them about their day. Seek an interest in their education. Make it your business to know about their life. Support them in any and all ways you know how to. Trust me, it will be worth it.
In those anxious moments when you are wondering what they are doing, in those frustrating moments when they answer “fine”when you ask about their day, and in those heartbreaking ones as you realize your baby is no longer a baby anymore, remember that this is a new chapter of life. There will always be a sadness to leave some things behind, but the future is oh so bright. Be open and accepting to whatever is coming your way and embrace it. Hug them tighter, listen to the closer, love them harder, and let them go little by little. One day, you'll be looking at the amazing person they are and you'll be so proud and grateful that you did. You can do this mama, I promise. And just remember, they always come home looking for love. Don't forget that.
I love you and feel for you. It will all be okay, believe me. It will.