A letter to my baby girl on your first day of school

29th Jan 2017

My darling Charlotte,

Today is your first day of school and now I  get how quickly the years really do fly by.

I’m so proud of you and it makes me really happy to see how excited you are about starting school. I’ll try really hard to share your excitement but when I walk away (hopefully not before) I know my eyes will fill with tears. I know this because I have them already just thinking about that moment.

These tears are for a mixture of reasons.

Of course I’m a little bit worried that you will need something and I won’t be there to help you. There’s also the worry that you will be scared or feel lost at times. These are things I always think about when your not with me and I know that really you’ll be fine.

You’ve only just turned 5 and I worry you’re too little and maybe not ready for school. I know that most kids will be a similar age and you will really be fine. In fact I’m sure you will flourish at school.

My tears will mostly be because I’m going to miss you. You’ve been here with me for 5 years, we hang out, we have fun, we chat, we have lunch together, you help me, I help you. I know I will still see you lots but there will be lots of things we don’t do together so much any more.

For me your first day of school feels a bit like I’m not allowed to spend every day with my best friend any more and that’s the biggest reason for my tears.

I’ll try not to show you my tears but if you see them please don’t be sad. Really I’m so grateful to have had this time with you and I’m really excited to see you grow and embrace the next chapter of your life.

Thank you for being an amazing little friend, now go out there and conquer the world. Always be true to yourself and show everyone the kind-hearted, caring, fun girl that i love so much. You are strong-willed and determined and I know you can and will do anything that you set your mind to.

We will both learn and grow this year and I’ll always be here for you.

Love you all around the world and back again!

Mum xxx


*Note – photo is from our dress rehearsal a few days ago*



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