I’m not quite ready to let go.

It’s your first day of kindergarten, a day that’s arrived more swiftly than I ever could’ve imagined.

And the truth is, as we walk hand-in-hand toward your classroom, I’m not quite ready to let go.

Because I just want to hold on.

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Hold on to your littleness.

Hold on to your sweetness.

Hold on to your belly laughs.

Hold on to your precious voice.

Hold on to your silly jokes.

Hold on to your lanky arms and legs.

Hold on to your bear hugs.

Hold on to your goodnight kisses.

Hold on to your hand wrapped around mine.

Because when I look at you, I still see that baby we brought home from the hospital just yesterday.

So I’m not quite ready to let go.

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And I’ll muster all the strength in my heart to remind you just how excited I am for you and that you’re going to have the best time and that you’ll be having so much fun you won’t even remember to miss me.

Then I’ll let go.

And I’ll be so very excited for you.

And I’ll pray you’re having the best time.

And I’ll miss you every moment.

Because I’m not quite ready to let go.

But you?

You’re ready to fly.

So I will.

For you.

Originally published on the author’s Facebook page.


Krista Ward

Krista is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom to three insanely precious little boys, Hudson, Jones, and Royce. She is married to her best friend and high school sweetheart, Randy, who is the peanut butter to her chocolate. Krista hopes to be a light and joy to the world, especially other mamas feeling stuck in the daily grind, through her writing.