First day of kindergarten: I swore I wouldn't cry


My 5-year-old attended her first day of kindergarten yesterday.

I swore I wouldn’t cry.

I nearly choked up when she refused to let me walk her to her bus stop. Instead, she wanted Daddy.

“But you’re my baby,” I said.

“It’s Daddy’s turn,” she said. A smile stretched across his face.

I nodded and watched from afar.

I hopped in my car and drove to her school where I met her teacher. She handed me a packet of information to fill out later that day. I kissed my little girl on the forehead as she skipped past me to greet her new friends.

At home, I opened the packet — mostly school papers that needed signatures — and came across one that caught my eye. It was a letter from her teacher.

An excerpt:

“Parents, I would like to get to know more about your child so I am going to ask you a favor. Please take a moment to write me a letter about your child. Tell me what he/she likes to do, some of the experiences he/she has had, who is in the family, and anything else that would help me get to know your child.”

No one has every asked me to do something like this before. To reflect on my child. How special… It didn’t take long before tears started spurting from my eyes as I wrote the following:

Alejandra is a middle child. She adores her older brother, Bobby. She loves her baby sister, Gabriella.

Alejandra loves to sign her name “Ale” and “Gabi”, a combination of her and her sister’s names.

She loves to draw, paint, color, cut and create. When she grows up, she wants to be an artist.

She’s a model for Omaha Fashion Week and a local designer, Hollie of Ruffled Runway.

She can count to 20, but she forgets No. 15. She loves to read books before bedtime. Dr. Seuss books are her favorites.

Her favorite color is green because it’s also her Uncle Pedro’s favorite.

She knows how to ride a bike — with training wheels, of course. This summer she learned how to ride a scooter. She also practiced swimming — a lot.

She loves going to the Omaha Children’s Museum, The Rose Theater and playing in the park.

Her most favorite place of all is Grandma Rose’s house. She loves her papa’s flower garden, camping in their backyard and swimming in uncle’s pool.

If she can help mom or dad with cooking or folding laundry, she’ll carry a smile across her face.

She likes to eat spaghetti without the pasta sauce. Noodles and butter, that’s all.

She’ll only sit still to have her hair brushed if her hair is wet and if you put lots of leave-in conditioner.

She loves to eat lots of fruits and vegetables so she can be healthy.

She’s a great child. She’ll be a delight to have in class.

Thanks for reading.

Alejandra’s Mom.

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