I know it’s been a long year. Lots of little faces, little dramas, and big personalities. And I’m sure there have been lots of anxious parents, ones who look to you to reassure them that there kid is OK, when they aren’t around.
But mostly I want to thank you for knowing my son. For not seeing him as just another kid. For knowing the things that make him nervous and for anticipating the things that would make him anxious. For worrying just as hard as I do about a change in his routine and if he would adjust to it.
Thank you for the tough days. For the tears you wiped and for the times you held him in your arms even though he has started to say “he’s getting too heavy” for you to hold.
Thank you for helping me learn when I needed to let go. Thank you for ushering me out the door and for taking him from my arms. For making me feel like we were on the same team.. That this is not an us vs them kind of arrangement but that we are both partners in his school experience.
And I want you to know that we won’t’ forget you. That you were his first teacher. You were his first step in his education and you paved the way for him. You helped him to love his school and have fun there and make friends. You gave him confidence and encouragement and a sense of security when he wasn’t with Mom and Dad.And I don’t feel like any gift we could give comes close to what you’ve given us. So I hope that when we hand you a little thank you gift that you know just how much you’ve meant to our family this year.