This morning, we are headed to Brooke’s school for the fourth grade literacy morning. We will gather in the auditorium with the other parents, then split off to our children’s classrooms to play reading games with the kids.
After years of pasting on a smile and struggling through various iterations of these mornings, I’ve come up with the following pledge. For me, but more importantly, for Brooke.
Hand over heart …
I will do everything in my power to compare my girl only to … my girl.
I will recognize the staggering progress that she has made, and that recognition will be unsullied by … anything.
I will enjoy the time with my child, seeing what she does in school every day … and not worrying about what she doesn’t do.
I will congratulate her for all of her hard work and the wonder of all that she has accomplished because of it.
I will celebrate my incredible child for all that she is and revel in my overwhelming luck in being her Mama.