It's been a week since you graduated from Pre-K and you made me laugh so much I couldn't even cry. There were so many chances, so many different times I thought I was going to lose it in that tiny class room I've dropped you off at every day -- but I didn't.
You must be really special, because you had seven - YES SEVEN!! - people come to your graduation. Your mommy & daddy of course came to watch you, but also your Grandma & Grandpa, your Mimi, and your Granny & Memaw (your Paw Paw was so sad to miss it, he wanted to be there for you, too). You are so lucky; you have three Great-Grandmothers that are living, and you have such a special relationship with each one of them!
|You with your Memaw & Granny on Graduation Day|
The first time I began to tear up was when your class started to walk into the room and sit in your chairs. All your friends looked so grown up! Everyone was walking so big and tall, just like little people and no longer our precious babies that we've raised for all these years. When I saw your curls bouncing into the room with your big, bright smile, I felt the tears coming... but then you saw your Grandpa and you yelled, "Grandpa!" and I just started smiling. As you kept walking in the room you saw your Daddy, and you yelled for him even louder. THEN, you saw your Granny, and you just screamed, "GRANNY," so loud I thought she was going to have a heart attack. You were so excited to see all your family and you had to jump out of line to hug your Mimi & Grandma. That's one of the things I just love about you - watching you love other people. You just love everyone with your whole entire heart and it makes us all feel so special. You touch everyone you meet; such an amazing gift you have.
|Ella, age 5|
After you all got seated and your teacher gave an introduction to your program, your performance began. You've been practicing your songs at home for the past two weeks, and it was so much fun to be apart of that with you. You started off with your Pledge of Allegiance and Texas Pledge (which led to a great discussion between your father, Paw Paw & I over dinner that night), and then went onto your Days of the Week and Months of the Year songs. You've been singing these songs at school for three years now, and they went off without a hitch! It was then, though, that I realized the Director of your preschool, Ms. Karen, was still peaking in the room watching you guys.
This year at our school auction, you begged me to bid on "Director for a Day," so you could spend the day with your special friend, Ms. Karen. I've written her letters and thanked her for all she's done for our school, and for loving my children, but I want you to know how much you are loved by her, and how much you've loved her in return. I think she was just as excited to spend the day with you as director, as you were to be director and spend the day with her. That's that special thing you have coming out again -- making people love you! When you were director you first asked me to make you a special dress, "So I can be beautiful & grown up like Ms. Karen, mommy!" (which I did), and you also wanted to bring tattoos for you and Ms. Karen to put on, "Matching BFF Director Tattoos," as you called them (which we brought).
|Ms. Karen & your matching tattoos|
I only bring this up, because I know you weren't able to see her watching you, but almost as soon as your graduation was over and ran and gave all of your family hugs, the first thing you asked me, was, "Mommy, did Ms. Karen and Ms. Kathy come and watch me? They told me they were going to come watch me and I know they would be sad if they missed watching me!" So yes, baby, yes. They came. They saw you walk to your chair, and sing, and they saw you and all your friends on your special day. I hope you always feel as loved and as safe as you do right now. I hope you always have adults watching out for you, making sure you are growing and learning, and having fun, and most of all taken care of.
The next song you did was the color song, which you were SO excited about. When I made your graduation outfit, you wanted to make absolutely SURE that every single color was on your dress. I couldn't quit figure out why, until this song came on. In this song, the lyrics go through all the colors of the rainbow, and then on the second verse, you have to stand up and touch the color on your outfit they are singing about. Abigail.... you stood up during that ENTIRE song!!! And about half way through we all just started laughing because it was just so obvious that you wanted that outfit exactly like that for a reason. Such a smart girl. I had several people come up to me afterwards, asking if you wore that dress so you could stand up through the entire song, to which I replied, "Well yes, of course! Abigail knows what she's doing! Haha!" Everyone, including your teachers, thought it was so funny.
|Dancing to the color song with your friends|
|You and Ms. Diana|
After the song portion was over, the Presentation of Diplomas began. Oh, Abigail. I thought this part would FOR SURE bring on the tears. My little girl, my sweet baby, was all grown up and leaving this school she's been at for all these years... my mind was made up, this is when the tears would come. But when your time came, you walked up there so tall and proud, and got your certificate from your teacher, and when she went in for a hug, you jumped on her like a little money and said, "I'm the jelly and you're the peanut butter," and I just started laughing so hard. You are so funny, Abigail! I should have known you would ruin my moment to cry with something hilarious. You made Ms. Diana laugh when you said that, too. When you finally let go of her, you turned and faced us, and said, "When I grow up I want to be a rockstar." I hope every single one of your dreams come true, baby girl.
|Ms. Natalie, you & Ms. Diana on graduation day|
So, I made it through your graduation without a single tear falling. How did that happen? I thought I would cry like baby, and instead you had me laughing and smiling like an idiot through the entire thing. You are such a firecracker of a girl. At age 5 you are absolutely the funniest, most creative person I know. You are so smart, such a beam of joy to everyone around you. Such a bright, special star in my every sky and I love you every single second of every single day. And, I guess you finally got me, because I cried when I wrote this. And I mean cried like a baby.
I love you Abigail. Congratulations on your special day.