Back to School Part II: A Parent’s Poem To Child – “First Day of School”
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First Day of School (Wendy Silva) I wonder what you’re doing right now, And if everyone is treating you kind. I hope there is a special person, A nice friend that you can find. I wonder if the teacher knows Just how special you are to me. And if the brightness of your heart, Is something she can see. I wonder if you are thinking about me, And if you need a hug. I already miss the sound of your voice, And how you give my leg a tug. I wonder if you could possibly understand, How hard it is for me to let you grow. On this day know that my heart breaks, For this is the first step in letting my baby go.By Charm Moreto Damon
Last week, I wrote an article about children going back to school, especially going to school for the first time, and how they cope with being away from a familiar environment to a rather new one. This week, I want to share a poem from a parent to her (or his) child as the new school year begins. A friend from a mom’s club I belong to shared this heartfelt poem in our newsletter this month, and I feel that it summarizes the emotions and wonderings I currently have as I get ready to send my son to preschool for the first time next week. It is also a perfect reminder for us parents when we become too busy with life’s demands of how much we truly love our children and their essence.
As your own parents probably tell you, too, you are still a child to them regardless of your age. Hence, whether your own child is starting elementary, middle, high school, college, or even graduate school, you are perhaps still worrying about him. Parents will always wonder just the same about what their children are doing at school, how their teachers and classmates are treating them, or if they need a little hug from mom or dad. Nonetheless, let’s treat these wonderings not as insecurities with how our children will thrive at school (or in the world, for that matter), but again, as a reminder for us parents of how much we love and treasure our children. Despite of our hesitance to let them go, let us turn the same emotion into trust that as confidently as we guide them towards the bigger world, they will in turn employ the same confidence in surpassing every challenge they face along the road – the road to purpose and success.
As you let your own child go today, what are your fears and “wonderings”? Better yet, as he enters and joins the bigger world, what are you confident about?
About the Author: Charm Moreto Damon is a mother, a TESOL professional and a freelance editor. She graduated from the University of the Philippines, and pursued graduate studies at the Ohio State University, where she also taught academic writing and research to international students. She is currently a stay-at-home-mom, and keeps herself busy with family, friends, and editorial work. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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