Tomorrow is a day you've been waiting for: your first day of kindergarten. You are so excited to learn and to make friends and I am thrilled to see just how excited you are.
Because we choose to keep you home for preschool this is your first day of tradition school. Most of the kids in your class, maybe even all of them, will already know each other because they were in preschool together. They will already know the ropes of how to get through a day at school. I hope that they befriend you, show you how to do things when you're confused, invite you to sit with them at lunch, and play with you at recess. I hope they are kind and generous and I believe that they will be. I believe that you will meet some wonderful kids and have a lot of fun with them as you grow up together.
You are already enamored with your teacher and she does seem fantastic. I am sure she will teach you many wonderful things and I hope and pray that I have given you a solid foundation that you and she can build on. I hope you love to read, because reading can take you to any place and any time - even places and times that don't exist. I hope you love science and math and discovering things about the world, because the world is so very, very interesting and science and math will show you how amazing our Creator is. I hope you grow in faith and virtue while you attend school and that you and your friends will have Christ as the center of all your friendships.
Kiddo, I think you are fantastic. You are smart, kind, generous, hard-working, thoughtful, talented, fun, creative, and beautiful. I am so proud of you and I love you so much.
As I think of that - of how very wide and how very deep my love for you is - I can't help but think of a boy I went to school with. We'll call him Sam. He was quiet, kind, interested in computers, and a little unsure of himself, and Sam was bullied throughout all of middle school and high school. He never did anything to deserve being treated poorly. I don't think I ever stood up for him, and I am very ashamed of that.
I hope that if you ever see bullying you will stop it - you will step in, stick up for the person being bullied, and will do what I never did. I also hope that you will never be a bully but that you will always respect the dignity of every one of your classmates, peers, and everyone you ever meet. And lastly, I hope you are never bullied. I hope you're never battered down the way Sam was. I'm pretty sure that on his first day of kindergarten his mom felt exactly the same way I do about you, but for some reason we all missed what she saw. I hope people don't miss what I see in you. Honestly, I want this as much for myself as for you - it would break my heart to see you hurt and I don't think I could bare it.
And please know that we believe in you! Our expectations are not too high and we know that you will be successful. You will do wonderfully! You are wonderful! And I promise you that I will do my best to help you, to work with you, and to care for you.
I love you, Sweetie Pie. Have fun tomorrow and God bless you.