Wednesday, August 19, 2009

WW - A Letter To Our Daughter.


This article (pictured here) was just published on Friday in DFW's NeighborsGo publication, and today on BurbMom.net. Holly, Bianca, and Shauna, you fiery rockin' sirens, thank you all for helping me publish something on actual paper for the first time since college. And if I haven't said it enough yet... I'm ecstatic to be a BurbMom...er...Dad.

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Hey, sweet girl.

Your mom and I have thought about this day for a long time. And been excited. And worried.

The thing is, we can barely remember us without you anymore. We know we were happy before you came to be with us, but the crushing love and pride we have for you makes it hard to remember a picture without your magical eyes, and infectious smile.

Today we realized that you have been moving away from us for a long time. You’ve been collecting pieces of us to pack in your pink backpack… and as you take the steps of your life, the story of us will, in part, be written by you.

You’ve learned so much already, big girl. What’s right, and mean, and what’s sweet, and fair. We need you to remember those things now. There will be a lot to think about, we know. Teachers, and friends, manners, and strangers. And we know you can do it.

As much as we want to hold you here forever, we know you have places to go. Daddy had a great plan to keep you here until you were 30, but I’m learning that my happiness won’t always be your happiness. A doctor, a teacher, or a princess still need to learn everything they can. So listen close, and always be smart.

And today if you see Mommy crying, or if you see Daddy trying to be strong, just give us your best smile to light up our hearts. We’re a little sad, but we’re mostly proud. Of you. And us.

We’ll be here when you need.

And please. Come home soon.

Jay Lessons is a novice ‘burb daddy, a husband-in-training, and a sarcastic elitist. You can find more of his reflective rants at HalftimeLessons.com.


For more Wordful Wednesdays, please go visit my friend Angie,
who is a tiny redheaded package of AWESOMENESS.






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31 comments:

kiddiescorner said...

How sweet. I love that photo! It never get's easier either. Happy WW :O)

MOMMY-MOMO said...

ahhh man... that is SOOO sweet! Cant even imagine. I'm gonna be a sobbing mess. My little guy is only 2 1/2

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

Oh, I love this post. And I did get teary eyed. Congrats!

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Breakin' my heart again *sniffle*

{Kiki} said...

Congrats on your article. What a lovely, touching letter marking such an important event. Lil' D will start kindergarten next year. I'm not prepared for a full day, five days a week yet. Happy WW and take care.
-Kiki

Alicia said...

LOVE that photo!!!!!!

BoufMom9 said...

Oh Jay! This is the sweetest post! Made me a teary, sobby mess!

Happy WW!

Jennifer said...

What a fabulous letter to your daughter Jay! I have all sons and it does not get easier.

Rob said...

Great Note. It is tough and never gets easier.

Happy WW!

blueviolet said...

That is such a beautiful post and photo. Having it written down is a gift for your daughter which she will hold close to her heart forever.

Momma@Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out said...

*sniff*

mommaof4wife2r said...

oh my...how sweet! what a lucky girl to have you as daddy. i love her picture walking away...so cute! i just sent one to high school and one to kindergarten this year...still 2 to go.

anyway, have a great glory day for being published again! you totally deserve it! you rock my stinking face off!

kisatrtle said...

so sweet! I love that picture! My youngest is starting kindergarten next week and I'm trying to figure out what I will spend my time doing. Seems I've lost myself over the last 10 years. Mmmmm, who would have thought that.

Tom said...

I have been sending my kids off to the first day of school for 8 years...and when I do I still get a lump in my throat.

Jillene said...

Aaaawwww....that was so sweet!! I am going to be bawling my head off come Monday when I have a 5th grader and a 1st grader. Then I will do it all over again on Sept. 8th when my baby starts preschool.

angie said...

This is the sweetest post ever.

Makes me wonder what is wrong with me though since I do the happy dance when my kids go off to school. Kidding. :)

Susie said...

You have captured the essence of what I will be feeling in a couple weeks when my oldest goes off to study abroad and my youngest starts school!

Octamom said...

Gorgeous! Hope her school year is off to a great start!

Blessings!

BookLady said...

I've been on both sides, 3 kids and kindergarten teacher!

Elaine A. said...

Okay, this is NOT good for a preggo, hormonal mom who just sent her baby off to K.

I'm sure she'll do great. Love that photo.

Jen said...

what a beautiful post.

Sera said...

Congrats on being published on actual paper - how friggin' EXCITING is THAT!?!? The picture is just priceless and oh-so-precious, and this was definitely a tear jerker. Wonderful, and she will always have that to treasure.

Em said...

Congrats on the print action!!

Good choice - and photo.

Crafty Christina said...

Amazing! The picture is such a perfect expression of your words.

Lee said...

This is such a sweet post, and I love the picture!

Booklover1212 said...

Oh boy did this make me cry!! What an awesome letter AND picture too!

~ Jennifer
http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com

Scott (simplefather) said...

I shed a solitary tear. My oldest goes off to school (granted pre-school), but I think we will be 2 parts sad, 1 part relieved to get some alone time.

Stethoscopes and Stilettos said...

Where's her helmet??? I don't see a helmet anywhere in that photo....it must be in her backpack, right???

;-)

Why must you throw a sappy, adorable post in the mix every now and then??? You're such a softie...

MamaJoss said...

I dread that day. Oh you put a lump in my throat. Precious moment-in-time photo - hope she is enjoying schoool :)

Nishant said...

How sweet. I love that photo! It never get's easier either.


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Rachel said...

Jay, that's absolutely awesome!
I love it!!
Congrats ~ from one Texas parent, to another!

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To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded. - Emerson