Today was a monumental day for our family … you started kindergarten.
You, my baby boy.
The boy who waited until well into your third year of life to say “mama” for the first time.
The boy with the quiet spirit and a bright smile to speak the words that were in your heart.
The boy who has already faced so many trials – eczema, asthma, allergies, apraxia – but thrived despite of them.
The boy who worked hard in speech therapy and found his voice.
The boy who understands what it’s like to work hard for something and get it.
The boy who knows climbing mountains and facing challenges is just part of life.
The boy who is sensitive and knows what it feels like to be different.
The boy who evolved into a witty, funny, outgoing kid who makes everyone around him smile.
The boy who has taught me a multitude of lessons.
The boy who everyone can’t help but fall in love with.
Jake, I know that you are going to do awesome in kindergarten. There was a period in our lives when I didn’t know what your future looked like. But, I started understanding that a different future than the one I had envisioned was okay. We all have our trials; apraxia and allergies just happens to be ours.
At times I wondered if the words would ever come. I didn’t know if you would be able to go to a regular school or if you would need to be in a special needs class. I didn’t know if your allergies would allow you to do the simple act of sitting next to a friend at lunch.
I worried about you. I prayed for you. I worked hard for you. I rejoiced with you for every single sound, syllable, and word that came out of your mouth.
And that is why there are no tears for me today.
A little anxiety about snack and lunch time – yes – but really I just feel happy.
Life is full of peaks and valleys. And every once in a while you get to stand on the top of a mountain and bask in the beauty before you and take a deep breath of fresh air. That moment is the best.
Today is your day Jake. Congratulations on all that you have accomplished.
I love you!