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My darling daughter,

I can’t believe that you are starting kindergarten!
I remember the day you were born like yesterday, just a tiny little blessing in my arms. You blossomed into a walking, talking toddler before I knew it-- your magnificent brown-eyes blinking curiously about the colorful world around you.
Today, at five years old, you are already so independent. My ever-sassy, superbly confident, playful social-butterfly. You treat others with such compassion and it amazes me how well you understand empathy at such a young age. 
You are starting kindergarten at a new school, a school that works passionately towards the enrichment of girls’ lives! This will be a big change for all of us, but I promise that it will be positive and empowering one. Your father and I are so proud of you for taking this next step!
From naps, snack time, and ending school-days early at pre-school, you will be presented with a long day of learning exciting new subjects, like science, math, and arts. Your love for learning will take you far in this life, my curly-haired girl!
You will have a new teacher, and you will make new friends. I was so delighted the other day when you reminded me how much you love to make new friends. I am certain that you will create new, beautiful friendships in no-time, your sweetness is contagious.
There will be days that you will come home feeling tired, let-down, angry, and even hurt sometimes. And that is perfectly natural, I will be here waiting for you on those days with arms wide open, to remind you that everything is going to be okay. 
Other days you will come home feeling happy, inspired, and excited from the day’s events. I hope these good days will remind you that the difficult ones are temporary, that you will start to see how time heals and become resilient.
I’m filled to the brim with gratitude for all the joy you’ve brought into my life. For the unconditional love, endless hugs and cuddles. For all of the fun times we've created together, with many more to come. 
I cherish every bedtime story, cooking blueberry pancakes together for breakfast, and afternoons spent painting and playing with play-doh. You enliven the playful side of me and teach me to see the world with fresh eyes. 
As you take your first independent steps into the world, starting on this new journey, I hope you’ll always remember to laugh with your whole heart, to cry when you need to, to speak the truth even when it is hard, to always be yourself, and to always, always remember that no matter what, I am here for you.
As hard as this transition might be for me, and as tight as I might want to hold on to you, I have to let you go out into the world, I know you will shine so brightly, my baby girl!


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