To my dearest daughter Eedi,
Awoo hoo! We did it! Well I mean, you did it! You have successfully entered the journey into education. You were so brave on your first day at school. You were super excited, but at the same time I could see the fear in your big eyes.
You were bright eyed when you woke. You very calmly ate your breakfast, got changed into your uniform, and we were so prepared that we sat around for an hour till it was time to go. We did the traditional first day photos. Well, I went to the extremes of following you around and documenting you doing absolutely everything. But hey, you should know me by now kiddo.
We arrived at school and I had the trying-not-to-cry lump in my throat. You held your dads hand and led us into your classroom. Most of the children were seated and playing, the odd few were crying, you just looked at us and smiled. I was super impressed by your calmness. As the anxiety stricken kid you are, you handled this situation so well.
I felt like you knew I was worried about you. Like you know how to read me at times. You know when I am sad, and you know when I am happy, and that day you knew I was internally freaking out. You knew how to handle me better then I knew how to handle myself. I thank you for that. I thank you for holding it together. Because you did that I was able to let you go. I didn't cry, I smiled that you were taking the first steps into independence so gracefully.
Some advice for the next 13+ years while your learning new and some times boring things? FRIENDS, they will come and they will go. Be loyal, be truthful, and don't be bossy to them. Do not let them influence you to do wrong things, maybe you can influence them to choose a better solution.
SCHOOL is fun but also here for a reason. It is to help your brain expand and it also nudges you into future paths. You will figure out what you enjoy to learn and you will be challenged. You will not be in competition with anyone other then yourself. I don't mind if your math skills aren't as developed as the child next to you. As long as you put 100% effort into what ever it is, you will have our support.
DON'T be afraid to ask questions. If you don't ask you will never know, and your dad always says "there are no dumb questions". He is right.
If I could redo school knowing everything I know today, I would have applied myself more. But you will learn this in your own time. I know you will be fine. Your brain is pretty ace. Your animal knowledge is some of the best I know and you can beatbox like a champ.
You my dear are going to be fine.
Please use your manners, respect the ones around you, and never doubt yourself
I love you kiddo