To my sweet daughter,
In a few short weeks you will brave the halls of a new school, full of new people and new experiences. This is the beginning of a long journey for you, one that will be filled with years of learning and growing. There will be laughter and joy; there will be sorrow and tears. But, oh, how excited I am for what you are about to begin.
As you head off to your new classroom, wearing your brand new backpack, stepping forward in your brand new shoes, remember I am praying for you. And as you go, here are ten important lessons I want you to know.
Your education is so important. It will take you places you never dreamed. You’ve only scratched the surface with your ABCs and 123s. Soak it in. Learn all you can.
Respect your teachers. They work very hard and give a lot of themselves for you. Say “yes/no ma’am” and “yes/no sir.” Say “please” and “thank you.” Listen and obey. I believe they have your best interest at heart, and I am entrusting them with your care.
If you don’t understand something, it’s always okay to ask for help. You don’t know how to do a math problem? Raise your hand and ask. You aren’t sure of the best choice to make? Raise your hand and ask. Never be afraid to ask for help.
You will soon meet many new friends with many different backgrounds and life experiences. Regardless of how someone looks or acts, be kind. Always, always, always be kind.
To have friends, you must be a friend. You don’t have to be the most popular or hang with the coolest crowd. Find your people and laugh and smile with them. When you are older, it won’t matter anyway.
This world is a crazy place. Not everyone believes the same things we do. Not everyone knows who Jesus is. Some people will believe things that are completely opposite of us. That’s okay. Remember what you believe. Never be afraid to stand up for what you know is right. Be a light in a dark world.
Be yourself. There is no need to change who you are to make people like you. You were created just the way God wanted you to be.
Kids can be mean. Don’t let the words of others ever make you question your self-worth. You are a beautiful child of God, and you are my precious daughter. Although I want to protect you from harsh words and trying circumstances, I won’t always be able to do that. Kids can be mean—but you don’t have to be. Remember, you can’t control how someone treats you, but you can always control the way you treat others.
It’s okay to be nervous. It’s all very new. But, I want you to be brave. Be courageous. Be bold.
More than anything, I want you to always know how much I love you. From the moment I found out I was going to be a mother, I loved you. There hasn’t been a day go by since then that my love for you hasn’t grown. You are beautiful. You are smart. You are kind. You make me laugh. You are creative. You have a big heart. You are my sweet girl, and I will always, always, always love you. On days when you are sad, I love you. On days when you are glad, I love you. On days when you are frustrated, I love you. On days when you are crazy, I love you. On days when you are timid, I love you. On days when you are joyful, I love you.
Sweet girl, I cannot keep you young forever. Truth is, I don’t want to. I want you to grow and learn and thrive. I want to see you blossom into the beautiful girl God has created you to be. When you take those first steps and wave goodbye on that first day of school, I’ll be there to wave back. I’ll be praying for you. I’ll be cheering for you. I may even shed a tear or two. But, my girl, it won’t be because I am sad. They will be happy tears, tears that let you know how proud I am of you. And, your little brother and I will be waiting that afternoon to hear all about your first day of school.