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!)