A Letter to My Sister on Her First Day of School

Dear Wad,

I’ve been graduated for…a while and I still am feeling the schools-about-to-start-jitters. I didn’t realize why until now. I’m feeling them for you. I know you’re ready for your Junior Year to begin. You are excited and you have a good, positive attitude. I’m proud of you for that. We all know I was never that way – I only liked the school supplies.

I hope this year is magic for you. There’s no denying there will still be days that are miserable. There will be lots of homework, early mornings, tough peers, negative feelings and stress, but you can overcome it. You are good at that. There will also be so much goodness in this upcoming school year. Dancing at the sporting events with your Drill Team, dances, finding new teachers to love, learning new things, your history class, making new friends and so much more. I can’t wait to hear all about it.

Be good. Be nice. You always are, but I hope you’ll be even more so. Stand up for the little guy. If you see someone being treated poorly, say something. Be brave. Stand up for what you know is right. Have faith in yourself, be proud of yourself and believe in yourself. Trust your gut. Don’t worry about the number of friends you have, worry about the quality of the friendships you have. Be a friend to everyone. Be a person that your classmates can turn to and confide in. Be a shoulder to cry on and a smile to laugh with. Say your prayers in the morning and on your way to your classes. Smile at people in the hall. Work hard. Put in the effort. Prioritize, but make sure your mental health, physical health and happiness are at the top of that priority list. Eat breakfast. Drink water. Be the best version of yourself you can be and keep pushing yourself to be even better.

I love you. I’m excited for this year. I’m excited to hear your stories, to watch you dance and to do your makeup for dances. Remember if you need to talk, I’m always here. I’m also really good at buying and eating treats.

Have an amazing school year!

Love you.

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