What I'm Learning
Hi, I'm Chelsea! I’m on a mission to help you find joy and goodness in every day.
On this blog we talk about the big things (like chasing dreams) and the small things (like what books we're reading) because happiness comes in all sizes.
In the cutest 30 minutes I have ever witnessed, you graduated kindergarten on Friday!
One thing your teacher commented on at graduation is that you and your classmates have not had a normal first few years of education. You’ve had a lot more obstacles to overcome than most kids in kindergarten. There’s been trying to learn to pronounce new words when everyone is wearing a mask, there’s been shutdowns, lots of distance, canceled events. I’m sad that you don’t know what it’s like to get to crowd around with your friends on the playground, or share your Easter candy, or hand our Valentine’s Day cards you picked out at the store. But this is the only world you’ve ever known, and you’re doing great in it.
You are incredibly kind. You’re empathetic. When someone is having trouble with their work, you ask if you’re allowed to help them. If you’re not, you tell them they can do it and cheer them on. You are sensitive to the feelings of others.
THESE are the things that matter. I am so proud of how quickly you’ve learned reading and math, but that doesn’t come near to how proud I am to hear how kind you are. These things will carry you much further than good grades will.
You ask roughly 1.2 million questions per day. You are no longer satisfied with “I don’t know” or anything other than a thorough answer. You have the energy of a rabid chimpanzee and I am pretty much tired all of the time. But you are happy, and I am happy. You are joy in the purest form I’ve ever seen it. Sometimes I just look at you and cannot believe that youre mine, that I get to be yours, that we get to do life together. How lucky am I.
I hope you read this one day, maybe when you’re graduating high school, when I am inevitably telling you I love you and am proud of you, and see that I have always been so proud of you, from the very beginning. You’ve always been so loved. I’ve always been so happy you’re mine.
You are exactly you, exactly as you want to be. And I hope you always, always are.
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