My sweet Katie,
Today, you stashed your lunch box in your cubby, hung your backpack from the hook and kissed me goodbye, just as you do every morning.
Then, you turned and took your friend’s hand and said, “Come on, let’s go play.” She answered with an easy smile and you ran off together.
As I stood there, watching your two pony tails bouncing along behind you, I was struck by just how much I admire you.
During the first month and a half of kindergarten, this little girl wasn’t so nice to you.
Leaving you out on the playground, putting your sweater over your head, intentionally tripping you as you walked to your desk and breaking your pencils were some of the ways she taunted you.
And each day, with each new offense, Daddy and I talked with you about how it made you feel and how we thought you might handle it.
We tried to give you both the words to say to her and the confidence it would take to actually say them.
And we waited and hoped.
Five weeks ago, you finally spoke those words, just as we had been urging you to do:
“I will not let you treat me that way.”
You spoke them with both confidence and clarity.
With nine simple words, you accomplished so very many things.
You stood your ground, you saw your worth and you stood a little taller.
Since that day, you’ve lived those words.
And Katie? I hope that you carry them with you throughout your entire life.
Because they’ll serve you well. Even if you rarely have to say them aloud again.
I love you so very much and admire you through and through, my sweet girl.
Thank you for making me a mom. Watching you figure out who you are and how the world works has been one of the greatest joys of my life.
With a heart filled with love,