‘Twas the night before Preschool

‘Twas the night before Preschool
When all through the Holmes house
Everyone was sleeping except one very tired spouse.
The clothing was hung on the closet with care
In hopes that the morning soon would be there.

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Reese was all nestled all snug in his bed
While visions of sight words danced in his head
Emery in her jammies and Reese in his too
Had just settled down for a long evening snooze.

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When inside their room there arose such a clatter
We sprang from our bed to see what was the matter.

Away to their room we flew in a flash
Tore open the door and found a bedtime bash.

The moon’s reflection on the window inside
Gave peace to our hearts as we looked on with pride
When what to our wondering eyes should appear
But two siblings sleeping in one bed so dear.

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When the morning had come so fast and so quick
We were all ready but Mommy’s nerves made her sick.
More rapid than ever we gathered our things
And drove down the road as we started to sing.

Yay Pencils!  Yay Paper!  Yay Crayons galore!
And stencils and books and a pretend store!
To the front of the class!  To the Calendar wall!
Mark away days to the beginning of fall!

As Mommy’s and Daddy’s wanted one more hug
They met with their kids on the Circle Time rug.
Then out the door they left with some tears
As they watched their babies face some of their fears.

And it seemed in a twinkling they grew up so fast
And we all reminisced about the time in the past.
As the days of no sleep and food on the floor
Had all been forgotten once they walked through that door.

They are big kids now from their heads to their feet
With new friends and teachers they are ready to meet.
And new tasks and skills to learn all this year
You’ll be so excited about all that is here.

Their eyes how they twinkle!  Their smiles so big!
They’ll learn the difference between a cow and a pig.
With words and numbers and alphabet sounds
Their reading and learning will grow leaps and bounds!

They might even learn how to tie their own shoes
And soon they’ll be trying to teach little siblings too.
Their looks will change and they might lose a tooth
But they’ll always be your baby, that is the truth.

They’ll dream big dreams and imaginations run wild
But through it all you will still see your child.
For they will need your help in school and in life
To show them the way and protect them from strife.

So, God we thank you for your protection this year
Over all the sweet kids around the world we hold dear.
Guide them, love them, and show them your grace
As we leave them in schools and give them their space.

And just like that the year will fly by
And you won’t even remember the moments you cried.
But before it comes to the end of the year ball
Happy start to a new school year, to one and to all!

Written by:
Amy Holmes
September 2013

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