Tomorrow you start your first day at school. A big day.
Maybe not for you but for me, certainly. You were a baby 6 seconds ago. You’re now going to school. How time flies.
I’m sorry I can’t be there to take you to school. When you were born I had all these thoughts flying into my head so quickly. When I held you for the first time I thought ‘this is the first of many things we’ll do together’. And I thought, as I held you so tenderly, protectively, with so much love, that I’d be doing similar when it was your first day at school. Walking to the gates holding your hand, tenderly, protectively and with all the love in my heart.
It’s not to be. But you’ll be with your mummy and I know she will be doing the same. And I know she will feel exactly as I do.
It’s school. It’s not a big thing but it kind of is. You’ll be in one for the next 12-14 years and school is something we all remember. Some people remember their first day at school and if you do, when you’re older, I hope it’s a good memory.
You’re excited. You’re ready for it.
If it gets hard, talk to us. Your mum and I. If anything happens that you don’t like, talk to us. If you struggle or find things hard, talk to us. Your mum is a brilliant woman and will help you through anything and so will I. We will always help you. Let’s face it. Your mummy and daddy are pretty clever people, in different ways. If you need me to help you with homework then… well. I’ll do my best. We’ll get there in the end and we’ll have fun doing so. I promise. Hey, I’ll probably learn something when we do. I’ve learnt so much about life from you already.
I’ve got a hunch you’ll do well.
You’re a big boy now, as you tell me. I know you are. I remember the ultrasound scan and, I was very proud. No escaping the fact you were a boy.
And so, Tiernan, my son, and one half of my Sun, you’re a fun, confident and brilliant boy. Be yourself. Always. You’ll have fun, your confidence will shine, and you’ll have a brilliant time.
Good luck on your first day at school, but I don’t think you’ll need luck at all.
But please take all my love with you.