Monday, August 20, 2012

Kindergarten!


I Trust You'll Treat Her Well  by Dan Valentine

 World, I bequeath to you today one little girl in a crispy dress.. with two blue eyes...and a happy laugh that ripples all day long, and a batch of light red hair that bounces in the sunlight when she runs. I Trust You'll Treat Her Well.


She's slipping out of the backyard of my heart this morning and skipping off down the street to her first day at school.

And never again will she be completely mine...




Prim and proud, she'll wave a young and independent hand this morning, and say goodbye and walk with little-lady steps to the nearby schoolhouse...


Gone will be the chattering little hoyden who lived only for play, and gone will be the delightful little gamin who roamed the yard like a proud princess with nary a care in her little world.


Now, she will learn to stand in lines...and wait by the alphabet for her name to be called...


She will learn to tune her little-girl ears for the sound of school bells, and for deadlines...


She will learn to giggle and gossip... and to look at the ceiling in a disinterested way when the little boy across the aisle sticks out his tongue.


Now she will learn to be jealous...and now she will learn how it is to feel hurt inside...and now she will learn how not to cry.  No longer will she have time to sit on the front porch steps on a summer day and watch while an ant scurries across a crack in the sidewalk...


Or will she have time to pop out of bed with the dawn to kiss lilac blossoms in the morning dew.  Now she will worry about important things...like grades...and what dresses to wear...and whose best friend is whose. Now she will worry about the little boy who pulls her hair at recess time... and staying after school...and which little girls like which little boys...And the magic of books and knowledge will soon take the place of the magic of her blocks and dolls. 


And she'll find her new heroes.  For five full years I've been her sage and Santa Claus...her pal and playmate...her parent and friend.  Now, alas, she'll learn to share her worship and adoration with her teachers (which is only right).

No longer will her parents be the smartest, and greatest in the world. Today, when the first school bell rings, she'll learn how it is to be a member of the group...with all its privileges, and, of course, its disadvantages, too. 


She'll learn in time that proper young ladies don't laugh out loud...or keep frogs in pickle jars in bedrooms...or watch ants scurry across the cracks in a summer sidewalk...

Today, she'll begin to learn for the first time that all who smile at her are not her friends. That "the group" can be a demanding mistress... and I'll stand on the porch and watch her start out on the long, long journey to becoming a woman.


So WORLD, I BEQUEATH TO YOU TODAY ONE LITTLE GIRL in a crispy dress, with two blue eyes, a happy laugh that ripples all day long, and a batch of light red hair that bounces in the sunlight when she runs.


I TRUST YOU'LL TREAT HER WELL. 

7 comments:

Gill Family said...

This totally brought tears to my eyes!! I hope she has a GREAT first day of school!!

Kelly said...

Oh that was amazing and wonderful and I teared up the entire time. You are such a great mommy!

Angela said...

You made me cry and I've been through the first day of kindergarten more times than I can count on my fingers! Your baby is going to be the STAR of kindergarten. I know this much is true. xoxo

Tia said...

Great post! And how are you doing??

Shannon said...

I'm doing great! Counting down the minutes until I can hear about her first day :o) Luckily, I have a few "inside connections" at her school (Mike's mom and a couple of friends). Biz, a blog and IRL friend, emailed me this afternoon, "I saw Jaden at lunch and she was happy as can be sitting by a little boy chatting while they ate lunch." Mike, on the other hand, wasn't too pleased about the fact that she was chatting with a BOY! :o)

Lora said...

That was so sweet, brought tears to my eyes. It's amazing how fast those baby years go. I am glad she had a great 1st day.

Shan blake said...

This totally brought tears to my eyes!! I hope she has a GREAT first day of school this is the purpose of living!!