My Dearest TOF,
Today, Tuesday August 26th, we reach a new and very important milestone in your life. From this day on, education outside of home becomes a part of your daily life.
Your confidence when you boarded the yellow school bus this morning assures me that we've prepared you well for this big day. Your enthusiasm was shining brightly on this cool and rainy August morning as I forced the lump in my throat to stay still and held back the tears welling up in my eyes.
The bus was late and you passed the time by splashing happily in the puddles on the sidewalk. You looked so handsome in your new school clothes and new shoes. Proudly wearing your Cubs' cap and carrying a Spiderman backpack.
I can't believe how quickly these 3 1/2 years have flown by. Pa and I were there the day you were born and we take our role as your grandparents very seriously. We don't know everything and neither will you, but that's OK.
I love that you ask "Why?" repeatedly and hope that you continue to ask questions and have a desire to learn new things.
You will meet new friends at school and there may be people who are different from you. I want you to always practice your patience and tolerance and acceptance. Always smile and be happy.
You will stumble, but remember that you have many people that love you. We will always help you up and we will always encourage you to keep trying.
Be open to learn what this big world has to offer.
God bless you as you begin your new and exciting adventure. May the road ahead always lead you to greater knowledge. May your life bring you happiness, laughter and love.
I love you for always,