Remember to use your listening ears, and to think before you answer back.
Be respectful, and honest, and stand up for yourself, no matter what anyone else says.
Keep your hands to yourself, and out of your mouth.
You are there to learn first, and to make friends and socialize second.
Choose your friends wisely. They can make a world of difference in your life.
You can make a good choice no matter what anybody else does.
When you hurt someone, say you’re sorry, even if it was an accident - and mean it.
Use your best manners, and take turns, and share.
Please eat good foods and drink enough milk and water.
Don’t forget to go to the restroom when you need to go. And wash your hands.
Be a good listener, a good learner, and a good student.
Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help.
Know that we will miss you every second you are gone...but that we are so proud of you for going out into the world to blossom and grow into the beautiful woman I know you will be someday. Today it’s just kindergarten, but that’s a first step to the rest of your life. And it’s a big step, but we know you’ll meet the challenge and come through like a champ.
Oh, and I know you are really excited, and we are too. But...it’s OK to be a little bit nervous, or even scared. I am a little bit scared, too - scared of how fast it‘s all going; scared of blinking twice and realizing you‘ve grown and gone; and a tiny bit scared of things that could happen while you're away from me, that you have no inkling are even a possiblity, as you sleep soundly in your bed right this second.
But more than anything I am proud of you, my love - so very, very proud of your kind heart, your sweet spirit, your beautiful sense of self, your sharp wit and your keen mind. You‘re going to light up the world, Samantha, and I am so blessed to get to watch it happen. August 17th is the first day, honey - the first day of the life you choose for yourself. And I know you’ll be spectacular.
Happy First Day of School, my sweet baby girl.
Momma loves you.