Peanut started Pre-K this week, moving to her sister’s school. Until then, she had been at the same daycare since we bought our house when she was five months old. Earlier this summer, she participated in graduation with many of her friends who were moving out of state, or going on to Kindergarten or Pre-K, like her. It was pretty emotional for me – more so than with her sister. Maybe because she is the youngest. Maybe because she had been at her school so long and we knew so much of the staff. (For a variety of reasons, when Pumpkin started Pre-K three years ago, it was already her fifth school.) Below is the letter we wrote to her school on her last day.
To everyone at Bright Horizons,
On Peanut’s last day, we want to thank you for being a part of our family the past four years.
She was just a tiny, 5-month-old peanut when she first came to Bright Horizons, and I think it’s a testament to your school that she still sees familiar faces from that time on a daily basis.
You have been a safe space for her, and we’ve always felt comfortable leaving her (and for a year, her big sister) in your care.
Because of her flat feet, she didn’t take her first steps until she was 18 months old. The first time she walked all the way down the hallway to her classroom, teachers came to their doors to cheer her on. I will never forget that moment, and I still get emotional just thinking about it.
Thank you for loving her, for caring for her, for disciplining her, for fixing the boo-boos, and for telling us how she spent her days while we were at work. It meant the world to us to hear those stories of what she learned and how she interacted with her friends.
In case we didn’t say it enough, we appreciate all you’ve done for her. And we know she will miss you very much.