My eldest – a four year old summer babe – started school today. She is there right now, and I know she will be having a complete ball. Although she still seems very young, and is physically smaller than most of the other kids, I know she’ll be fine. She’s been nothing but excited for months now, and knows half her class already. I surprised myself by not getting emotional, and count myself very fortunate that my daughter wasn’t one of the kids in floods of tears.
I was told by numerous friends that I had to post a photo of her in her uniform on Facebook, which I dutifully did. The first comment was from a friend in New Zealand saying it feels like yesterday that she found out I was pregnant. That’s how it feels to me too – almost five years have whizzed by since discovering I was going to be a mummy! And in five years from now my ‘bump’ will be off to school.
Life is speeding at a phenomenal rate. Everyone says once you have kids time disappears and it’s so true. With the best will in the world it’s difficult not to get wrapped up in that days drama and forget to take pleasure in the here and now. So on this momentous day, I’m making a pledge to press the hold button every now and then to fully enjoy the moment. Even on the really tough days where survival and countdown to bedtime seem my only options, I will do my damnedest to find the good. It’ll be a challenge, but I feel I owe it to my little family. I just know that in the blink of an eye she’ll be all grown up and I’ll be wishing she was a small person again.
Massive good luck to all the other little ones starting school over the coming days and weeks. Hope they have lots of fun!