HJ started 2nd grade today. He is at a new school, and asked me to walk him to class. On our way to school, he told me he probably won’t talk to anyone since he doesn’t know anyone. Then, we got to the school, and he saw a few kids he did know. He looked at me and said “Bye, mom!”. So much for needing me to walk in with him!
I pulled all of his “first day” pictures to see how much he has grown over the years. Excuse me, while I go cry now.
Oh my little one, you are about to start 2nd grade. Second grade at a new school. I know how excited you are, you’ve been anxiously waiting for this day to come. I want this to be the best year yet for you. I know we always talk about working hard, completing your assignments, and learning your spelling words.
But that isn’t all. While education will get you far in life, it isn’t what I care most about. I want you to be kind. To everyone. To the kid that is being left out, include him. To the kid being picked on, stand up for them. Don’t ever pick on someone you think is different. Take the time to get to know who they really are.
I know we have talked about things that make a good friend. I want you to always be a good friend to your classmates. It doesn’t matter if they think, act or look differently then you. EVERYONE is important and deserves love.
Becoming a foster family has taught you so much about compassion. You understand that not everyone comes from loving and supportive homes. But you know that they still deserve love and support.
If you hear someone say hateful words, let them know it’s not ok. Let an adult know. Be the good.
I love that you deeply care about others. Don’t ever change that. Offer help and friendship, especially to those who need it most.
I can not wait to see what this year brings you. I wish you lots of fun, learning, and friendship. And don’t forget to be kind to everyone.