I can’t quite believe we’re here; that today is your last day of preschool. It doesn’t feel so very long ago that I walked you to preschool for the first time and came home and cried a little at the thought that my baby girl was big enough to be going to preschool. How long those three hours before I came to collect you seemed – wondering how you were getting on, whether you were enjoying yourself, whether you missed me.
And now here we are, 18 months on, and today you will be going to preschool for the last time. No doubt today, I will drop you off at preschool once again and come home and cry a little. Another era over, another chapter in your life that has come to an end. Yes, we still have the summer holidays ahead but from this point onwards, holidays and weekends will be the only times that you are all mine once again, and each time you will be a little less so. A little older, a little more independent, gradually growing a little away from me.
This is how it should be. I have moments of wishing that I could keep you this way for ever, wishing that you could always be little and then I realise. I realise that this is a wish that could have all too easily be granted had we not been so lucky. To be able to watch you grow, to take these steps away from me and into the world is a huge blessing and I know just how incredibly fortunate we are to be able to do so. I may feel a little sadness that you are growing up so quickly, but you are growing up and that is something I am so very thankful for.
Darling girl, you will be fine I know. You have a smile that can light up the world; you have an inner confidence that is wonderful to see and you carry joy in your heart. You see life as one huge adventure – every step ahead is a challenge to be embraced and you meet them all with so much courage. I hope and pray that you will always have that strength, that confidence and that inner joy and that life will always be a big adventure to you. I have no doubt that you will love it at big school and I know that my job is to let you spread your wings and fly, safe in the knowledge that I will be always be here waiting for you to come back again.
In the meantime though, you have one last day to enjoy at preschool and a whole summer to fill with beautiful memories. I’ll certainly be making the most of it and cherishing these last few weeks when you are still mine.
Love you millions and billions.