Dear Teacher Please Look After My Baby

Dear teacher

I know you’re rather busy

First day back, there’s just no time

A whole new class of little ones

And this one here is mine

I’m sure you have things covered

And have done this lots before

But my girl is very little

She hasn’t long turned four

In her uniform this morning

She looked so tall and steady

But now beside your great big school

I’m not quite sure she’s ready

Do you help them eat their lunch?

Are you quick to soothe their fears?

And if she falls and hurts his knee

Will someone dry her tears?

And what if no-one plays with her?

What if someone’s mean?

What if two kids have a fight

And she’s caught in between?

You’re right, I have to leave now

It’s time for her to go

I’m sure she’ll learn so much from you

Things that I don’t know

Yes, I’m sure they settle quickly

That she’s fine now without me

I know she has to go to school

It’s just so fast, you see

It seems like just a blink ago

I first held her in my arms

It’s been my job to love, to teach

To keep her safe from harm

So, when I wave goodbye in a moment

And she turns to walk inside

Forgive me if I crumple

Into tears of loss and pride

I know as I give her one more kiss

And watch her walk away,

That she’ll never again be wholly mine

As she was before today.

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