We got home from the cottage last night and found an envelope in our mailbox addressed to the firefighter.
You’re probably noticing that it’s actually September 3rd at 7:30 am rather than September 3rd at bedtime, which establishes that I failed to follow the instructions written on the card.
Yes, yes, there was even a ‘No Peeking’ message on the back. Clearly I don’t deal well with suspense.
Inside the envelope was a card for the firefighter, who starts Grade 1 on Tuesday.
The card contained magic confetti and a message just for him:
The night before school is exciting and fun.
There are always so many things to be done.
Your clothes are ready, your backpack is too.
Your classroom is full of fun things you will do.
There are so many questions that go through your mind,
All types of thoughts of every kind.
But sometimes we all get the jitters down deep
And that makes it hard to fall fast asleep.
So I’ve made you some magic confetti, it really is cool.
It will help you be rested and ready for school.
Just place the confetti next to your bed.
On the night before school starts where you lay down your head.
The confetti will help you sleep through the night
And you will wake up in the morning fresh and bright.
I’ll place the confetti near my bed, too
And remember, I just can’t wait for school so I can see you!
And I have to admit that all my ‘will he be okay?’ anxiety washed away. I’ll still worry (a little) and wonder (a lot) about his first full day of school. But if he has a teacher who hand makes cards for every single one of her students and then drives them door to door on the long weekend before school starts, then I know he’s going to be with someone nurturing and kind who will take care of him for me as he enters a whole new phase of his school years.
PS I taped the card shut and left it on the counter for him. Unlike his mother my son is a big fan of following the rules and will have no problem waiting until bed time tomorrow night to open his card. One of us still has a lot to learn.