Do you remember that stomach butterfly feeling that accompanied the discovery of back to school catalogues in the letter box? That low level grumble of anxiety that arose when you saw the photos of new school shoes and pencil cases at discount prices? That realisation dawning on you –that the seemingly endless summer was ending?
It came in stages.
1. The jolt: Oh yes! School!
That’s right! I forgot about that place!
2. Denial: Oh school - going
back there is ages away….isn’t it?
3. The awakening: Summer fun
has to end?
4. The anxiety: Have I
forgotten all I learned? (I especially would worry I had forgotten how to write
- as if a summer of swimming in the pool could somehow flush out all knowledge obtained
at school all the years before.)
5. The disappointment: Summer
fun really IS coming to an end!
6. The anticipation: polishing
your school shoes, trying on the dress, covering your books.
And now? Well in our house this
year we have many permutations
of “back to school syndrome” happening. My eldest
has decided not to return to the tertiary study she began last year. She’s
taking some time off to pursue movie directing. And having the shock to the system
of NOT going back to school….and of needing to find a job!
My second eldest is
returning to do Year 12 (at a new school) after a year that can truly be
described as a “gap” year - or more like a gaping hole because she truly did nothing!
But she is excited about school, reading her literature books and abuzz with
The little twins will be
starting Prep so are very excited about school. They are determinedly
practicing writing and reading and trying very hard to be as independent as
they can. Keen as mustard! And I must say, it’s exciting for me and a big
And the youngest little
fella? Well last week was his first day of 3 year old kindergarten. The previous night was
restless as he kept waking and chatting about it. The day before there was a last minute panic - what you do when you need the toilet at kinder? Does he have to run
home to use the toilet? And finally, he was………completely fine!
So I hope all your back to school feelings are plans are going well. And the winner of the back to school bag-tag giveaway is....Kim Maxwell with the toadstool. Email me at email@example.com with your address Kim!