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First Day of Kindergarten - A Poem for my Daughter

Updated on March 29, 2012
Mom and daughter hugging before first day of school
Mom and daughter hugging before first day of school | Source

There she goes my little angel up to the door.

Will she come back exactly as she was before?

Shiny black shoes a dress tied back with a bow.

Backpack over both shoulders bops to and fro.

Ponytail curled and top pinned sleek as a doll.

Five short years I have dreaded meeting this fall.

I want to cry and hug her close to me forever.

Stop all of time so we can stay like this together.

Instead I’ll be strong so she doesn’t know I am scared.

I’ll send her off wave goodbye knowing she’s prepared.

I’m on my way up to the huge door.

Will I come back the same as before?

I’ve on my favorite new shoes and pink dress.

I look adorable my mama would have no less.

I saw tears in her eyes as she smoothed back my curls.

Cleared her throat and tugged at shining white pearls.

I want to cry and hug her close to me forever.

Stop all of time so we can stay like this together.

Instead I’ll be strong so she doesn’t know I am scared.

I’ll send her off wave goodbye to show her I’m prepared.

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A friend and I chose topics for the other to write on and my topic was "5 year old girl's first day of school, can be from any perspective, any type of writing". This is what I came up with while remembering how I felt each time I had to send my little ones to those big double doors of the school.


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    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hello Asha :) I am so glad you enjoyed the poem but so sad you are going through this with your little sweetie. It's a difficult time for many parents to watch their angels walk off into the great unknown (yes I am being a little dramatic hahah). Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment!

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      6 years ago

      Its really nice,

      I have gone through this poem twice ,its just reflecting my feelings towards my doll....

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Wesman Todd Shaw :) Thanks for reading and appreciating this. I never understood why my friends were sad when their children started school... until I had to send my own off.

      savanahl thank you so much! Im glad I am beyond these days now. I was a sobbing mess when my kids started school.

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      6 years ago

      What an adorable poem. Great perspectives. What a sad yet joyous day. Beautiful.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas


      Pardon me for ....being all male and stuff, I can't help it.

      Were I a daddy...this stuff would have me drying my eyes...

      Very pretty.

      I recall me running back to my momma!!!!!

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      910chris - thanks! Isn't it sad to see them go off - so proud and still so sad.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Ardie, that was great!! I love it! That was one heck of a poem, espically since it made me think of the first time I got my little one dressed and sent off to school on his first day.

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      You’re right Martie – I had to mourn the fact that my daughter was no longer mine alone to mold and shape into a tiny person. She was becoming more independent and moving to a new phase. It was SO hard! BUT I also cherish ALL the new memories and milestones we hit through the schools – such as first plays, first choir concerts, first playdate from school, first school dance…

      JAS – I can understand sending the twins together plus you still had one more at home to keep you busy. My littlest actually started school before my middle one so I was very upset. Littlest had to go for speech services starting at 3 – so sad for me. BUT it was a nice opportunity to get some one on one time with my middle daughter that I never had the chance to get before. Thanks for the votes

      Hi Tammy - Thanks for your sweet words. I had a hard time adjusting to being home alone this year…the first two weeks I just stared at the floor – then I realized all the stuff I can do in 3 hours of ME time :) Of course I still miss the girls but I have gotten spoiled with the time alone. Hopefully it will be the same when Doodlebug goes. A little tears and then a pampered mama!

      Hi Vinaya – Thanks for reading!

      Gypsy Rose! I had to laugh and laugh at your story :D THAT is a short-lived year of Kindergarten. And the moral of the story is – anytime you don’t want to do something just vomit hahah Thanks for sharing and Im glad to see you did eventually make it to school!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      That was beautiful Ardie. It's true that a mom and child never quite reveal what they're feeling or perhaps they may just stay together one more day. My first kindergarten day began and ended real quickly. My mom worked in Manhattan and dad not far from where we lived. So dad took me to my first day of school. Mom had dressed me and gone to work. We arrived at my kindergarten classroom door. Dad explained that it was my first day. The teacher sat me down on a chair near the door. I watched dad walking away, I threw up, my teacher called my dad back and said that I wasn't ready for school yet.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      It feels great to read mother's concern and child's reciprocation.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      This is so touching. I shed tears and tears each time my sons went to kindergarden. Coming home to an empty house is hard. My Doodlebug will be 3 in April. I DREAD the day I must send her to kindergarden. You did a wonderful job and captured the emotion perfectly. Love it.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I really like how you wrote this with two different views. Sending my twin boys off to kindergarten compared to sending the youngest single boy off was so different. The twins I knew had each other (they were dying to go to school) and the youngest one just wanted to stay home with me. Anyway .... Up Awesome and Beautiful!

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Ardie, the sobbing of the mother is truly mourning the end of a precious time in her and her child's life. I was strong, I did not cry, but nowadays I cry when I remember those events. (Like now, crying because I remember every moment.) The French has a word for this crying long after the actual event - must find it and write something about it.

      The kids cry simply because they fear the unknown and prefer to stay in their comfort zone - their mom's vibes.

      Oh well, we've made it. We are still here :)

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Capedium, hello and thanks for reading. I suppose I don’t have to send her to school – I could always elect to homeschool. But I moved to my neighborhood because of the great school system. I’d be afraid my kids would miss out on so many experiences if I kept them home with me as I tend to be a creature of habit and cannot break out of my comfort zone easily.

      Cleaner3, thank you!! I was a little worried how the contrast would come across. I’m glad you approve! Let me know if you do the two voices and I will link…Im link happy hahah

      Haunty! This was YOUR idea! I’m still waiting on your gripping story.

      The Original Eman! I haven’t seen you in a while, glad to have you back around :) Thank you for the sweet words and the vote.

      Hi Sunshine, singles!!!!! I never thought I’d be so happy to be a singleton again hahah poor SS. Mum said “Git!” I had ONE of those too. Man I love her to pieces but she is a lot of work.

      Hello Martie! Thank you :) I was such a wreck, especially the first time I sent a kid to school…it was right around all those school shootings and I just didn’t know what to do with myself. SHE was ready but I had to drive around the block for 30 minutes after dropping her off because I was sobbing so hard. I didn’t want to come home to the sitter and my other two so upset hahah I think Im TOO emotional!

      Alocsin, I HAVE a kindergartner so I will read it to her and see what she says. Wait… HAHAH I just read it and she had nothing to say – I think it’s over her head :P Thanks for the votes

      Hello American View and thanks for reading and voting! I don’t think I have the kid’s emotions right hahah my kids all ran away from me into the school building without even looking back :)

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      American View 

      6 years ago from Plano, Texas

      Great read with different views and mixed emotions. Up and across the board

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      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Wonderful contrast between the points of view. It would be interesting to read this to a kindergartner to get his/her reaction. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      End of a phase and beginning of the next - always traumatic... Sadness mixed with excitement. You have revealed this very successful, Ardie :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fun poem:) Single digits! Yay! I could remember my first day of kindergarten also...awkward I was so not ready, but my mom was:) I would not want to go back there again. Voted UP/Awesome!

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      The original Eman 

      6 years ago from london

      Ardie, This is a really good poem.The bond between a mum and their child is pricelsss. keep up the good work your defintely a pro .voted up

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      6 years ago from Hungary

      This is so beautifully written, showing the special bond between mom and daughter and how in tune their feelings are. Made my eyes wet. Thanks! Now your friend will have to work hard to hold up their end of the bargain. :D

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      6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Ardie, this is beautiful poetry.

      a poem told with a mother daughter contrast is a great different perspective. great poetry. I must try this.

      Thank you for sharing a mothers feelings and a daughters feelings.

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      Ov Overo 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      I don't know what that is.. But I love your poem..

      And can I ask you a question...

      Must you send her(them) away...???


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