Today is Brantley’s last day of Kindergarten, and it is a bittersweet day. I am SO, SO, SOOO glad for the summer to be here, since it brings along with it lazy mornings, beach vacations, and lots of fun adventures among other things, but Kindergarten is a is a big milestone, and she burst right through it and has come out the other side. It makes me sad to think how fast time is passing, and the kids are just growing so quickly. But my big girl learned so much this year and changed so much, and I just want to share a few things with her after her first year in school:
Brantley, I am so, so proud of you learning to read this year. Listening to you practice your sight words and work through and sound out a word you didn’t know made my book-loving heart swell. But, we have to keep reading this summer. I don’t want you to forget all those wonderful words you learned, and, in fact, I want you to learn even more this summer! So we’ll head to the library, and we’ll keep reading at night together, and we’ll continue to foster that love of reading that is already starting to show.
I’m proud of how kind and respectful you are.
Have you ever heard the quote, “Don’t try so hard to raise a good kid that you forget that you have a good kid?” I struggle with that. Brantley, you have so much potential, and you are so smart, that sometimes (or all the time) I expect a lot out of you and expect you to always know what’s right and what’s wrong, what’s appropriate, what’s not, and forget that you are just a child, and still learning all these things. I can be hard on you, but it’s only out of love, and I just know how capable you are. But when I see you at school, or in other public places, you are very kind to your friends and you are always listening to your teachers. I think at home you may test me a bit, and give me a little attitude sometimes, and I know you are just pushing the boundaries and learning about yourself, and that’s okay. But in school and around your friends, you follow directions and behave so well, and I couldn’t be more proud.
Keep hustling and working hard.
Brantley, watching you play soccer this year was a treat. I have told your daddy for years now that I thought you were naturally athletic and very coordinated. But that only gets you so far in sports and in life. You worked so hard at practices, payed attention and took direction well, and by the end of the season, you were a force to be reckoned with! If you can keep that same mentality through all the sports you play and through school and in life, you will no doubt be as successful as I know you can be.
You have SO MANY people that love you and are here for you.
Brantley, Mommy and Daddy will always be here for you. We are your biggest cheerleaders and love you no matter what. And you are one lucky girl, because you have a big family and bunches of friends that feel the exact same way. You are a one of a kind, so unique and special, with so many gifts and treasures to offer the world. Keep that beautiful spirit and just be yourself and stay true to what you feel is right. If you want to stick with soccer, we’ll be at every game. If you want to sing in a band, I will be your groupie. If you want to join the Chess Club, I guess I will have to learn how to play! We love you, and everything that makes you you, and will celebrate your successes and your failures together, every one. We will always be here for you.
My sweet Brantley girl, Kindergarten is just the first step. You have such amazing things ahead of you, and though I am sad to see you grow up, I am so excited for the future and all the things that you will do. Have courage and be kind, and in fact, always be a little kinder than necessary. You are a good girl with a very loving heart. I am proud to be your mommy, and will love you forever.
Now, let’s have a fun summer!!!!