Dear Sullivan (2015)

Dear Sullivan,

Tomorrow you start kindergarten.  It seems like I was just anxiously sending Brady off to kindergarten, and now here you are ready to start.  It is such an uneasy thing for a parent to let their kids out in the world, but I am calmer now and you are calm and I am not anxious at all.  Of all the kids, you need me the least and I do not worry about you because I know you will be fine.   You used to “need” me to help you get dressed, scratch your back, and brush your teeth, but lately, you have been taking care of yourself.  And it is great that you are gaining independence, but that is always bittersweet for a mom.

You will have the same teacher that Brady had, but I know she will be surprised at what a chatterbox you are, very different from big brother.  You are the life of the party, a social butterfly, and just as sweet as ever.  You will make friends easily.  I hope you let the other kids get a word in at circle time.

You have a very kind and empathetic heart.  You always tell me that you will take care of me when I am an old lady.  I believe you and I am holding you to it.  You also tell me that you are not getting married and that you will live with me forever.  Something tells me that you will change your mind someday.

You have a great imagination and I think you could entertain yourself in an empty room with nothing more than the power of your mind.  You are just as smart as can be and I think you will enjoy being in school.  This is the start of a great adventure for you and I hope as you go through school you will always enjoy learning and will always be surrounded by friends.  I cannot wait to hear about your day!

Neither one of us is very emotional about the prospect of you starting kindergarten tomorrow and I cannot imagine that either one of us will cry, so I think we should make a pact:  I will comfort the crying moms and you can comfort the crying kids.

Love,

Mom

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About jillo31

I always wanted to write the great American novel. I've come to the realization that that may not happen. Instead, I'm going to write about my life as a working mom to three boys. I figure in ten years, I won't remember what these days are like. I want to record my everyday victories and struggles.
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