Tomorrow is the first day of school. (Sob.) I was doing great holding it all together until I left our middle child’s classroom last night after open house. He is starting kindergarten and his teacher gave us this poem. I wanted to share. We are so lucky to have her as a teacher.
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I believe this poem was written by Judith Viorst.
The First Day
I gave you a little wink and smile
As you entered my room today.
For I know how hard it is to leave
And know your child must stay.
You’ve been with him for many years now
And have been a loving guide.
But now, alas, the time has come
To leave him at my side.
Just know that as you drive away
And tears down your cheeks may flow.
I’ll love him as I would my own
And help him learn and grow.
For as a parent, I too know
How quickly the years do pass.
And that one day, it was my turn
To take my child to class.
So please put your mind at ease
And cry those tears no more.
For I will love him and take him in
When you leave him at my door.
I am incredibly grateful that my kids are a part of a school where the teachers care about my kids like their own. Maybe I do have something to be cheerful about!