‘Twas the night before the first day of school.
The kids were asleep (’cause 8 p.m.’s the new rule!),
And I sat on the couch and shed a small tear
Thinking of all that was changing this year.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of glue sticks danced in their heads.
Their backpacks were hung by the front door with care,
Knowing the school bus soon would be there.
All I could think was how quickly you’d grown
To all of a sudden be leaving our home
And heading to school for the first time ever
To learn reading and writing and strive to be clever.
Study science and music! And socials and reading!
Learn math and learn English! Then a parent-teacher meeting!
There’s so much to learn, so much fun to be had,
I’m both proud and excited (and just a little bit sad).
I hope that you’ll love your new teacher and classmates,
Make lots of new friends and set up some play dates.
Should I worry at lunch when you’re filling your belly
That you’ll trade your egg sandwich for a bowlful of jelly?
It’s so hard to send you out there on your own
Knowing I can’t be there. My, how you’ve grown!
I hope that I’ve given you all the tools you will need
To take these first steps into the world and succeed.
Just before I head off to my room and my bed
I sneak into yours and kiss your sleep-tousled head.
As I crawl into bed and settle to sleep,
I know that tomorrow will be hardest on me.
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