It’s your first day of high school. I can’t believe you are both already in high school. It feels like it was only yesterday you both were starting kindergarten.
I wish I could have been there today to have seen you both off, to have kissed your foreheads, and to have told you how very proud I am to be the mom of both of you. Seeing as how I wasn’t though I wanted to take a moment to put down in words all the things I would have told you both before you started on this journey. So here it goes:
Grades matter. They are not the end all, but they matter. Do your best. Study, take notes, pay attention.
Have fun. Yes, you can have fun and be a good student. Try to find the balance.
There will be peer pressure. Don’t let anyone pressure either of you into drugs, drinking, sex… Speaking of drugs and drinking; do not get in a car with ANY driver who has been doing either. It’s a small town, walk or call someone to come get you.
Social media is important. It can also come back to haunt you. Use it wisely. Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want a boss to see. Don’t share something you wouldn’t want the entire world to see.
Friends will come and friends will go. The right ones will stay. Do not be friends with anyone who doesn’t allow you to be you. However, be kind to everyone (unless being kind comes at the expense of your health or safety).
You’re going to want to date. When you do make sure the person you’re with treats you the way you treat them. Don’t let them put you down, don’t let them make you feel like you need to be less than, absolutely do not let them push you, hit you, call you names…
You’re probably going to get your heartbroken. The pain won’t last forever. It will feel absolutely horrible, but it will get better.
Bad things are going to happen. Things happening that make you angry and sad are an inevitable part of life. Feel the emotion then more on.
Smile when you can. Sometimes you might have to fake it. Try it. See if doing so makes you feel better. If it does keep doing it. You ladies have absolutely beautiful smiles. The world needs to see them.
You are both loved beyond measure. Don’t ever forget that. I am always just a call, text, or email away.
Have a wonderful, amazing, fun filled year.