It has been a week since my 2-year old daughter started school for the first time. There was a lot of fear about how she would cope after spending every single day of her life with me since she was born. I prayed for grace for her and that she would adapt easily to this new world without her mum by her side.
And so the d-day arrived, she showed great excitement as she tagged along with her elder brother not knowing what was ahead. I walked her to her new class and introduced her to her teacher, she holds my hands firmly and pulls my dress when the teacher tries to touch her.
I talk to her and offer words of encouragement. My hands gently slip away from hers as I turn to take my leave, she grabs me and starts to scream, I let her go as her teacher carries her up to give her some comfort.
I walk away teary eyed still hearing her screams few metres away from the school. I walk on in faith knowing that God is watching over her as she starts this new phase of her life. I am also grateful for the privilege of being there for her – caring, soothing, holding, nurturing and loving
Fast forward to today, I walk my daughter who I will call ‘Sparkle’ to her class, her teacher calls her name with arms wide open, she runs to her and gives her a big hug. I let out a smile and call her name to say goodbye. She smiles and waves back at me, telling me ‘bye’ like she says. I turn away and start out on my walk back home.
You see, change is really never pleasant. We resist it, we fight it and sometimes even challenge it. We want to stay in our comfort zones and have become afraid to try new things.
You see, my daughter is getting to see the world in a different way. She is getting to meet people and learn new things. This new world is quite different from that which she has lived in, but I am sure that with each new day, she is growing and learning about life, people and situations. She has accepted change.
Will you accept change as well? Will you choose to fight your fears and step out in faith? Will you learn to trust God in this new season or phase of your life even when it doesn’t make sense? Will you open up your heart to learning and growing?
Here are 3 lessons I learnt from my daughter’s first week at school.
1. We were never created to stay static. We must embrace growth and evolve into our uniqueness and awesomeness. This only begins with your decision to try. It takes courage and determination to step out of your comfort zone.
2. Change is never pleasurable. It will come with some discomfort. It may not make sense at times and it may hurt at other times, but rest in the knowledge that change will open you up to a world of boundless opportunities. And I mean positive change.
3. Life is a journey and with each new phase comes new lessons. Every phase has its own purpose and we must seize each moment to make that purpose count in that particular season of life.
What lessons did you learn from your child’s first week in school? I will love to hear from you.