An open letter to my daughter as she starts school

Dearest Emelia

How can you be big enough to be starting big school when I’m pretty sure it was only moments ago that Daddy and I were bringing you home from the hospital. Once so tiny and delicate, you now stand tall and strong. I couldn’t be prouder of the girl that you have become. You are kind, funny, considerate of others, brave and adventurous.

It has been hard to leave you at school this week, especially when there have been a few tears at dropping off time. I have wanted nothing more than to take you home, wrap you in my arms and keep you all to myself. I know that you will settle soon into the new routine and you will thrive on the opportunities to explore and learn more about the world around you.

Go fly, my darling. Be inquisitive, challenge what you are told and see the beauty in all that the world has to offer you. Be whatever you want to be, I will be proud no matter what. All that I hope is that you pursue your dreams and goals with passion, courage and determinism and never let anybody tell you that you are not good enough.

mother and daughter on wedding day

There were times when I was growing up that I thought that I would never have this opportunity. Being diagnosed with an infertility issue as a teenager was hard, as the only job I ever had my heart set on was being a mommy. I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to be your mommy. It is a privilege to have you in my life and to watch you grow.

When the desire is deep to want to keep you tiny forever, I think of how much more fun we have to look forward to together. I want to show you more of the world and teach you different languages, to enjoy new foods and meet new people and learn about their cultures.

Our Summer this year has been full of fun, exploring new places and having new experiences together. There will be more of that to come. You will be at school and Daddy and I will go to work in the weeks, but weekends and holidays are our time for whatever we want to do with them.

Don’t look back Emelia, when I take you to school, take my hug and my kiss and skip forward into class. Hold your head high and listen and absorb all that you can. Enjoy each and every day and know that I will be waiting for you wanting to hear about your day when I get home from work.

Thank you for the privilege of having you in my life for the last 5 years and here’s looking forward to the young woman you will become in the next 5.

Love you always and forever,

Mommy

xxx

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