It's official, summer has come to an end. It's been an amazing summer for Ali Shryock Photography and for me and my family as well. When I am not shooting or editing, I have the incredible honor of being a mother to these two wonderful little girls who are often referred to as "the princesses". This is not a typical post from me, its a much more personal post. For those of you that know me well, you know that I am never slow to speak when it comes to the two most amazing girls in my life who happened to start school today. Aren't they cute?
The princesses are my everything. We have had an amazing summer full of so much life and laughter. I have to say that yesterday knowing it was all coming to an end, I was just a hot mess. I cried and gave them at least 3 different lectures on how much I loved them, how amazing they were, and that Jesus is in their hearts and with them every minute. And this was all before 10am. It only got worse from there. They officially think I am crazy and probably made them want to go to school more just to get away from me. LOL!
My sweet, amazingly outgoing, energetic Juliana started 2nd grade today. She was so excited to find her seat in her classroom last night at the meet and greet right next to two of her good friends. I imagine that this seating arrangement will probably last a little less than a week since she is after all my child and loves to socialize. Her teacher was extremely nice and I think will be a perfect fit for both Juliana and I. Because lets just face it, if you teach my kids, you quickly realize I come with the package. HAHA! I think 2nd grade is going to be a fantastic year for her.
Then there is my sweet baby girl who started kindergarten today. I'm not quite sure how this happened so fast. Ella Grace is of course fabulously sweet, caring, and very easy going. Her teacher seemed very nice. Since Ella is such an agreeable little girl, I have no doubt that she will do well. I can tell that even though she is excited, she was fighting back nerves. As I tucked her in last night after sprinkling her ready confetti under her pillow, I thought about all the things I had been able to shelter her from and how now, all it will take is one kid to tear down the safety gate I put up around her. With that being said, I do find comfort in the fact that her better parent will be by her side, that our Heavenly Father who loves her so dearly will be watching over her. And I pray that kindergarten is an amazing year for her.
A friend of mine shared this with me when my oldest started kindergarten a couple years ago. I love it. It is so fitting for this moment in my life. And being that my baby went off to kindergarten today, I felt the need to torture myself and drag it out. I think even my mom cried when she read this for the first time.
DEAR WORLD. . . I TRUST YOU'LL TREAT HER WELL
Dear World: I bequeath to you today one little girl in a crispy dress. . . with two blue eyes. . . And a happy laugh that ripples all day long, and a batch of light brown hair that bounces in the sunlight when she runs. I trust you'll treat her well. She's slipping out of the backyard of my heart this morning and skipping off down the street to her first day of school. And never again will she be completely mine. . .Prim and proud, she'll wave a young and independent hand this morning, and say goodbye and walk with little-lady steps to the nearby schoolhouse. . .Gone will be the chattering little girl who lived only for play, and gone will be the delightful little girl who roamed the yard like a proud princess with nary a care in her little world. Now, she will learn to stand in lines. . . and wait by the alphabet for her name to be called. . .She will learn to tune her little-girl ears for the sound of school bells, and for deadlines. . .She will learn to giggle and gossip. . . And to look at the ceiling in a disinterested way when the little boy across the aisle sticks out his tongue. Now she will learn to be jealous. . . and now she will learn how it is to feel hurt inside. . . and now she will learn how not to cry. . .No longer will she have time to sit on the front porch steps on a summer day and watch while an ant scurries across a crack in the sidewalk. . .Or will she have time to pop out of bed with the dawn to kiss lilac blossoms in the morning dew. . .Now she will worry about important things. . . like grades. . . and what dresses to wear. . . and whose best friend is whose. . .Now she will worry about the little boy who pulls her hair at recess time. . . and staying after school. . . and which little girls like which little boys. . .And the magic of books and knowledge will soon take the place of the magic of her blocks and dolls. And she will find new heroes. . .For five full years I've been her sage and Santa Claus. . . her pal and playmate. . . her mother and her friend. . .Now, alas, she'll learn to share her worship and adoration with her teachers (which is only right). . .And no longer will I be the smartest, greatest woman in the world. . .Today, when the first school bell rings, she'll learn how it is to be a member of the group. . . with all its privileges, and, of course, its disadvantages, too. She will learn in time that proper young ladies do not laugh out loud. . . or kiss dogs. . . or keep frogs in pickle jars in bedrooms. . . or watch ants scurry across the cracks in a summer sidewalk. . .Today, she will begin to learn for the first time that all who smile at her are not her friends. . . That "the group" can be a demanding mistress. . .And I'll stand on the porch and watch her start out on the long, long journey to becoming a woman. . .So World, I bequeath to you today one little girls in a crispy dress and two blue eyes. . .And a happy laugh that ripples all day long, and a batch of light brown hair that bounces in the sunlight when she runs.I trust you'll treat her well.~DAN VALENTINE~