I wrote this poem three years ago when Little Miss E was starting reception. My first-born was off to full-time school and I was finding it emotional. She’s now off to year 3 (juniors!), Little Man O is off to year 1, and Littlest Boy I is off to daily pre-school nursery… and I’m still just as emotional. Now seemed a good time to re-share this poem. I hope some of you relate. x
First day at school
What if the teacher asks a question
And she doesn’t understand?
What if when she needs the loo
She doesn’t raise her hand?
What if no one plays with her?
Or someone calls her names?
What if she doesn’t know the rules
Of one of the playground games?
What if she misses Mummy,
Daddy, brothers too?
What if something worries her
And she can’t think what to do?
What if her lunch box won’t open
And she’s too afraid to ask?
Will she be upset in Games
If she should come in last?
What if she falls and hurts herself?
Who will dry her tears?
Her first day at her new big school
Is filling me with fears.
But what if she solves a problem,
The one who knows what to do?
What if she helps another child
With something strange and new?
What if she makes a new best mate
Who’ll be her friend for life?
What if she creates a work of art
That makes you burst with pride?
What if she learns an instrument,
Or is captain of a team?
Think how proud you’ll be of her
When she fulfils her dream.
You have to let her go now, Mummy,
Deep down you know it’s time.
It’s hard to say goodbye today,
But you know she will be fine.
You might also like this post I wrote on the shoes that made me cry. Such emotional times when your child starts school full-time. Good luck to all the little ones starting school soon, as well as the mummies, daddies and grandparents waving them off for their big new adventure.
How are you feeling – or how did you feel – about your little one heading off to school? Do let me know in the comments section below, on the Cardiff Mummy Says Facebook page, or by tweeting me on @cardiffmummy