I love Sarah.
I love that she shared another post here in this sacred mamma place. (See the first one here.)
I love her work.
I love her words.
She's such a refreshing mix of honesty, raw love, and funny. Plus 3 million points in my book.
This week's Mamma Anthology is magic. Thank you, my long-distance friend!
p.s. We WILL meet in person one day, Sarah. We WILL.
Text & Photos by Sarah
My dear darling soon-to-be kindergartener,
In a few short weeks, you'll don some amazing print-on-print outfit that you picked out yourself, throw a backpack nearly as big as you across your shoulders, and zoom on that scooter of yours down to your first day of kindergarten, me running alongside you and marveling at how big you are.
Kindergarten. I simply can't believe it. When you were a baby, we did that “So big!” thing with you, while stretching your arms out wide. You'd giggle. You were so, so little. Now I hold you in my arms and you spill out everywhere – sprawling, muscle-tight legs that have been climbing and running since it was humanly possible, arms that wrap all the way around me now when you give me a hug, hair dangling over my arm. Oh, that hair. Do you know how long it took you to grow that hair? It was hats for you for a long time, my beautiful bald baby.
They're always saying how fast it goes by. They're so right. They say “treasure every minute!” which we all know is impossible. It's really hard to treasure that minute when you're screaming through the grocery store. But there have been some minutes that I have breathed right into my core, my soul, until my heart is all filled up. And there will be plenty more.
When I went to kindergarten, it was play and naps. You are growing up in a different world. It's a pretty awesome one. It will make you weep, make you scream with excitement, make you stare in wonder. I hope so much that school is a happy place for you - that you will keep your love for learning and see through and past all the testing. I hope that you'll make friends and help others. I hope you'll deepen your understanding of the power of your independence as well as the power of cooperation. I hope you'll get messy and make lots of mistakes. I hope you'll keep your wild, fashionista ways of dressing no matter what everyone else is wearing. I hope you'll enhance that amazing imagination of yours. I hope you'll feel confident and will stick to what you believe in, but also be open. Holy smokes, I hope you have so much fun in kindergarten!
And as you fly ahead of me on that scooter, hair and sparkly skirt blowing in the wind, on that first day of school, I will be right behind you, where I've always been. I've always got your back. When we get to school, I'll give you a hug and kiss and maybe help you hang up your backpack. And then I'll say goodbye, and I'll turn around and go and let you be you without me for a good six hours. I'll walk back home by myself. And I will cry a little and smile a little. I am so proud of you and how you've grown. So excited to see what this life has in store for you!
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