Monday, August 25, 2014

'Twas the Night Before Kindergarten....

Twas the night before the first day of Kindergarten when all through the house
only one creature was stirring, and it was Mama mouse.
The backpack was hung by the door with care
in hopes that the kindergartner wouldn't forget it there.

The kindergartener was nestled all snug in her bed, 
while visions of the new school danced in her head.
Daddy was snoring as Mama lay there in place
with big wet tears streaming down her face.

The first day's clothing was so carefully picked out
This kindergartener would be well dressed, no doubt.
Mama prepared the snacks and supplies
and wrote a little note as she cried.

Knowing with these first day jitters she'd get no sleep, 
Mama looked at baby pictures, letting out a sob so deep.
She wondered how it was that time went so fast 
and how it could be that so many days had already passed.

As the quiet fell around her she tiptoed up the stairs
and peeked in at her sweet kindergartner, stealing a moment that was theirs.
Mama knelt down by her bed
as a long anxious prayer was said.

In her heart she knew that her sweet girl was ready
Mama took one more mental picture of that tiny little girl snuggling her teddy.
She took a deep breath and smiled 
knowing that her heart only learned to be so tender thanks to this very child!

I don't know how I'm going to get through tomorrow! I cried through writing that whole poem, and through bedtime tonight and as I prepared her snacks and bag and peeked in on her. Thank goodness we're only starting with half days!! Pray for this Mama (and of course for Zoya!)


  1. Sending the first one off is so hard! I'm sure she will love it, and eventually you will too!

  2. Stay calm Sara! She will totally rock kindergarten! Praying for both of you!

  3. Dear Sarah, What a wonderful poem. I know many parents can relate to sending their oldest off to kindergarten. Just think you have Mila and Sofi J to send off in future years, I am anxious to hear how Zoya's first day went, I am sure she did just great. When do you start working and how are you going to fit it in your busy schedule, but once you get into a routine all will be good. It will be nice for you to have a little income and have a little time away form the Three Bees.
    Have a great school year,

  4. A milestone!!!! So thankful that Zoya gets to experience it with a Mama who loves her soooo much!! I'm sure there was much excitement in your house in the morning!! I'm pretty sure Zoya is going to love school. She's been given such a great foundation for learning at home! Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. B. on reaching this first with your little treasure!!!

  5. I love your poem. It's so hard when our babies head off to kindergarten. :(

  6. Oh, that sounds like my "night before Kindy" last year.... You captured it perfectly! Goid luck!!