I’ve known you for four years. Ever since you were born in 2016, I’ve had the privilege of watching you grow from infant to toddler to a preschooler. I remember the first time I saw you when they held you to me. You were so small and beautiful. You opened your eyes and we locked eyes. From that moment, I silently made a promise to you that I would help you do and be whatever you want.
You have done and experienced so much during the past four years. I remember your first smile, your first crawl, your first words, and the first time you took that first step hesitantly but confidently.
You have always been so independent. Even as a toddler, you always refused to let me help you. When you could string together sentences, you would tell me “I can do it all by myself.” You are probably the most independent person I’ve ever met. And I’m so grateful that you are.
It is because that you are so independent that you have been able to react to every situation with such grace. The first moment that you met your baby brother, you stepped up an became that wonderful, lovable big sister that I knew you could be. You always helped Mommy by fetching diapers and helping to feed your baby brother. You never complained when Mommy was busy feeding and comforting baby brother. You just played quietly by yourself.
I love to play cars and barbies with you. But what I love most is racing you. I love watching you run so fast and then cheering so loud I win, I win, oh yeah! You just love to win. You are so competitive and ambitious. And I’m so glad for that. It means that no matter what you do, you will succeed. You will not stop until you are number one.
Tomorrow, when I drop you off, I will put on a brave face, but inwardly, I will be in tears. You know why. My baby girl, my first baby is going to school for the first time. I hope that you will make a lot of friends. I hope that you will learn a lot.
But at the same time, I do have some reservations. You are going to school during a time that is the most unconventional, abnormal period in history. You are going to school during a pandemic. But most importantly, you are attempting to live a normal life, despite these extraordinary situations. And that, my dear, will ultimately make you an even stronger person.
Because of this extraordinary situation, you are learning that change is okay. You are learning that you can’t change or resist change. You can only get past it by living, enduring, and overcoming it.
You are learning that even though we have to wear masks and maintain 6ft of distance, we can still remain close. We can remain close by the awesome power of technology.
You are learning that we can overcome these extraordinary times by the power of positivity. It is important to be positive and optimistic in the face of adversity. Always tell yourself that all will be well. Always tell yourself that you can do it.
Because, my dear, you can do it. You are a force to be reckoned with. You are a strong, independent, fierce girl.
Good luck, my dear. I wish you the very best on your first day of preschool. Don’t let these awful times dampen your spirit. Just go forward and be the awesome person that you are.