That’s the youngest gone off to big school now. The summer holidays flew by far too quickly and the first day of school suddenly came around.
We were late. Great way to start, eh?
New shoes couldn’t be found, brand new bento lunch boxes needed to packed (artfully) with food they’d actually eat, teeth and hair needed brushed, clothes picked and put on. This is always the most time consuming bit – the shirt I pick isn’t fashionable enough, or the shirt they’ve picked (their most favourite one they don’t ever want to give up) is two sizes too small. A long debate results as to why this shirt can’t be worn any more before disappearing (when they’re not looking) into the charity shop pile.
I finally got the two of them ready for school to find out the youngest had disassembled his brand new school bag some time prior (probably when he was supposed to be putting his socks on). He didn’t just unclip the straps he actually removed the straps completely from the clips. I’d no idea how it was supposed to go back together, but there wasn’t enough time to figure it out so I hastily patched it together. We were already late. His school bag hung off his back as the straps couldn’t be adjusted.
This photo of the back of him, hand in hand with his big sister, jacket open and flapping in the wing, was hurriedly snapped on my iPhone because their grandmother wanted to see a photo of his first day of school.
The reply from her: His bag looks a little big, doesn’t it? </headdesk> (the bag has subsequently been fixed and does fit properly now!). I now get up half an hour earlier to make sure everything gets done in time.
That’s all three of my children in full time education now. Where has the time gone? It seems only yesterday I was looking at that pale line on the pregnancy test finding out I was expecting my first. Now, at fourteen, he’s started college! I’m very conscious that they’re all growing up quickly and I am making a better effort to spend more quality time with each of them, together and singly. These days will be gone far too soon – my advice, make the most of it now. Grab a cuddle every time you can.
Fairy Non Bio has made a tear inducing video to illustrate this point. Bet you’ll get a lump in your throat watching it – I did!
So for this week’s Alphabet Photography Project by PODcast, T is for Time.
A is for… Adventure
B is for… Brave
C is for… Coast
D is for… Derelict
E is for… Education
F is for… Fishing Industry
G is for… Green
H is for… Helicopter
I is for… Iron Age
J is for… Jelly Sweets
K is for… Kohlrabi
L is for… Lynn
M is for… Marmoset
N is for… Noise
O is for… Orangedale
P is for Puffin
Q is for Quarry
R is for… Ruins
S is for Sculpture
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