As our kids get ready to head back to school, please encourage them to enjoy these last few days of carefree fun and sunshine. Soak up every moment you can since the responsibily of school is just around the corner.
Here are the things that I’ve come to learn with my four school age children that you really need to prepare for the school year.
There are only a few bittersweet days of summer left. A few more sun soaked moments in time before you are carried away to school all day. Education is a vital part of childhood and I never want you to take it for granted. But another vital part of childhood is the carefree summer afternoon. And part of what makes those August afternoons so beautiful is that they come with an expiration date. So my dear loves, enjoy them in all their fleeting glory.
Here is what I want for you before you go to school:
I want to see summer through your eyes.
I want you to be a kid.
I want you to dance.
And create villages and draw and paint and wonder as only you can.
I want you to get lost in a book.
I want you to get lost in your imagination.
I want to watch you jump in a pool. Or a lake. Or chase waves in the ocean. Or spin sunlight in a sprinkler.
I want to see you mesmerized by water.
I want to see your bare toes set out on an adventure.
I want to see you pedal faster than the wind.
I want to see what you find between the blades of grass.
I want to see what your hands choose to hold.
I want you to laugh with wild abandon.
I want you to try something new. A food, a game, a talent, a story. Just try.
I want you to release yourself of worry.
I want you to only carry the weight of joy. And possibility.
I want you to practice kindness.
I want you to follow what fills your soul.
I want you to know that you can always ask me the hard questions.
I want you to know that I might not always have the answers. But I am trying.
I want you to know that I will always show up.
I want to watch you grow. But not too fast. You have the rest of your life to be an adult. Stay in the magical lane of childhood for as long as you can.
I want you to be you, glorious you.
I want to hold you just a little longer.
Thank you for showing me summer through your eyes. Thank you for giving me the best education of my life. Thank you for the tough questions and the tight hugs and the hard moments and the hope and the grit and the happiness and the days that once seemed just too long now seem just too fast. Thank you for you.
You are going to thrive this year. We are going to thrive this year. And if there are slippery moments, my hands are here. We all fall. The key is the getting back up. We’ve got this.
Here’s to summer. Here’s to the teachers. Here’s to fall.
Here’s to you…
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Katie Yackley Moore is a freelance writer, yoga instructor and a momma of four navigating life and a separation and finding herself in the process. She adores coffee shops, laughing until it hurts and impromptu dance parties. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and HuffPost Parents. She has published a journal entitled “Dream a Bigger Dream” and the children’s books “You Are a Warrior” and “We are Family” and just finished her first novel. Catch up with her between tea breaks at The Naked Momma and on Facebook.