I remember when Eloise was three months old, nearly four years ago. I was probably nursing her while I scrolled through my social media feed. I saw first day of school pictures – one after the other. Parents hugging and kissing their preschoolers. Kindergarteners shining in their new shoes. High schoolers driving off on their last first day of school. I also remember thinking, “I’m so glad I have a lot of time before that day comes”. Fast forward a fast four years later. Matt and I will soon send our first born off to preschool.
This is essentially the start of her academic career. That might sound a little far-fetched – this is just preschool, but in all honesty, there’s no going back, just forward. From here on out, there will be endless activities, sports, field trips, new friends, and continual growth. Truly, this is the beginning of her life as Eloise Davinia. Matt and I are here to support and guide her. So, dear Eloise, I will tuck this article away just for you to look back on some sweet day.
To my first daughter as you begin the next chapter in your life, please keep this in mind…
1.Be kind: Above all else, be kind to others. Your actions and choices you make each and every day define you as Eloise. Help your peers, support your friends, and use your manners. Being kind is ever so easy and rewarding.
2.Listen: This is a learned skill, and doesn’t always come easy. It gets better with time. Listen to your wiser teachers. Listen to friends in need. Listen to your heart…
3.Challenge yourself: It’s easy to find “easy”. But, sometimes the easy way isn’t always the “right” way. Learn to stretch yourself mentally and physically. Every step in life usually comes with challenges. Each challenge makes you a stronger.
4.Have fun: I know you don’t think about this right now, but life is short. Life gets hard and can get you down. Whatever is in front of you or whatever might come your way, please do have fun. Look on the bright side. Smile. Laugh. Play. You are my sweet, sweet Eloise – always looking for the fun. Don’t ever lose that.
5.Know that you are always enough: Certain events and people will make you question yourself. Do know that you are worthy, and unique. You bring something special that not everyone has. You are you! People will stretch you in many ways, but do know that you know yourself best. You are Eloise, and that is always enough.
I know these words of advice are a bit advanced, but I will put these words in simple terms for her tomorrow. I get to hug and kiss my first born off to school tomorrow. I’m hanging on tight before she spreads her wings and starts to do even more amazing things. How amazing and rewarding is that?