A letter to my son on his first day of kindergarten. 8.22.16
Dear Teak, my first born, my son (aka Rockstar Cheetah),
First of all, your father, and I love you very much! And of course your sister even when you don’t share. Always remember that you are a very special child who has already overcome obstacles that any average adult will never have the chance to overcome. You are so unaware of what you have overcome and it does not affect you or your personality.
You are vibrant. Everyone notices you when you walk into a room. Sure, it might be the curly red hair and blue eyes and big smile but you have a presence about you that no one can take away. You are a perfect child of God and were placed in this world for a reason.
Always be honest with yourself and who you want to be. You say you want to be a rockstar then be the rockstar that you have already become. Do not follow others simply for the sake of fitting in because you will always stand out. You are different, however different is good. Actually different is great. Top athletes, head surgeons, and even award winning actors are different because they have become the best at what they do. Different means that you are not like others and that is a good thing. I want to instill this in you. I do not think I do this enough. Some days with you are incredibly frustrating and some days with you are a little less frustrating, however, I am so very thankful for all the days that I have had with you and will continue to have with you throughout your life. Continue being strong willed and overzealous even when it drives mama crazy… continue to and always be the one and only you!
The next 13 years will be difficult and trying and mentally exhausting as well as emotional at times. You will make friends and lose friends. You will have crushes and will be crushed on. You will feel included and feel left out. You will laugh and cry. But I want you to know that I will always be there for you. You are incredible and you must always remember that you are an incredible person.
Always be open to meeting new people and open to learning everything so you can be the best that you can be. Never give up on what you are doing and what you want to accomplish. I pray that you are always kind to others and treat them with dignity even when they do not.
You have such a competitive spirit about you. Always be humble whether you lose or win. When you lose, you learn and grow. Win when you deserve to win, lose when you deserve to lose. Learn in the losses AND in the wins. Believe in yourself and what you can do. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been known to say, “Don’t listen to the naysayers.” So don’t ever listen to them. Naysayers cast gloom on other people.
I want you to experience everything that life is offering you but at the same time I want to hold you tight and never let you go. I know that you are only 5 years old right now, however, you have the world at your fingertips. Take a hold of it and do not to let it go.
Good luck in kindergarten and forever in school, college and beyond. I love you to the moon and back.
To check out some other posts (especially June 14, 2012) about my son and his journey go to The Curve Balls of Life
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You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So…get on your way!
- Dr. Suess
“You were born to shine.” From The Crown on Your Head by Nancy Tillman
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.
- Albert Einstein