To Olivia on your first day of school
Here we are just hours away before you start Kindergarten and the new chapter of our lives begins. You woke up so early full of nerves and anxious knowing you are starting school. You have worries that you do not know anyone in your class and you have no friends there. We have gone through a bit of an emotional time together as we have both prepared for this day.
I know today as I take you to your class and you disappear behind a closed door and I have to walk away I will most likely be overcome with emotion. It’s the end of an era and the start of a new one. It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago I had held you in my arms for the first time and I fell madly in love with you, but it has been almost 5 and a half years now and I know from experience that the next 5 will seem to go even quicker.
There is a lot I will miss about it being home with you all day everyday. I will miss having you chat at me from the backseat as we run about doing errands. I will miss having you sit at the end of the dining room table while I work away and have you tell me your stories. I will miss our time running off to the park for an hour when the sun comes out from behind the clouds.
I do however take comfort knowing that when the school day ends you will be back in your seat after I pick you up from school and I will once again take comfort in hearing your little voice tell me about your adventures at school. It is hard as your dad to watch you grow and move on doing different things in life and spending a little less time each day with you, but each night I know that I will still get to tuck you in to your bed and tell you “I love you” and “I am proud to be your dad”! I hope you have a wonderful first day and don’t worry you will make a lot of new friends.