Before you go to school

Before you go to school, George, I just wanted to tell you again how much I love you and how proud I am of the little boy you have become.

I want to tell you that, even though I’ve had four and a bit years to prepare for this day, I’m still not ready. The truth is, I don’t think I’d ever be ready to let a little piece of my heart wander off on its own. How could I be?

Mamma and George love to snuggle.
Mamma and George love to snuggle.

But, the rest of my heart knows you are ready and that the road awaits you. You have been preparing for this day better than I have. You have packed your super powers and set your Bat signal for school.

And, as much as I am sad to let you go, I am so excited for what you will discover whilst you are out there. I cannot wait to hear your ideas about the world and how you think it all fits together. I’m still trying to figure that out myself…

I have no doubt that you will find all of the answers and will continue to be the kind, caring and clever kid that you are. Your curiosity will carry you on to ever more exciting and challenging adventures. *And will you succeed? 98 and 3/4 per cent guaranteed.

I can’t wait to see your imagination grow beyond the walls of the classrooms you will learn in and unfold into the world you wish to create. I hope that you will always be recognised for what makes you great, whatever your grades, and for your kindness and compassion towards others. If you take just one lesson with you to school, I hope that it is to always be kind. Be Batman when you need to be, but always a kind Batman.

When I leave you in your new classroom tomorrow, I know I will spend the day feeling as though a little piece of me is missing. But I will be brave and look on with immense pride and joy. Wherever that little piece of my heart roams, I know that it will always be a part of me.

Good luck, George. It’s time to go and discover who you’re going to be when you grow up.

Love always,

Mamma x

*From our favourite story of all, Oh The Places You Will Go, by Dr Seuss



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Joanne Harris

Hi, I'm Joanne (Jo) Harris, also known as Little Mamma Jo. As well as going on plenty of adventures with my son, George, I am the digital communications manager at UCL.

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