Little Jo starts school this year, at a good government primary school. While she is an outgoing child, she also very sensitive and I know there will be tears at some point. She won't be upset at being left at school, but something or someone will upset her.
I cast my mind back to my first school days. Secondary school was not great. I was a complete stranger at an alien school. None of my primary school mates went to the same school. I was lost in the hugeness of a school of around 900 students, as opposed to my primary school of 30 students. I did adjust of course, in time, and found my place. At least I had thought processes that could help me understand.
Not so a primary school. I think I was ok on the first day. Something happened on the second day, but I cannot recall what. I remember it was something to do with someone who I came across on the net a couple of years ago, who was suddenly my best friend because of our childhood connection. While I responded to her, I held off from being any sort of new friend. This was pre Face Book.
It was a stinking hot day and I arrived home from school very upset. My parents clearly picked up on my distress, and did what they thought they could and it was the perfect thing. Dad took me, well us as ABI Brother came too, for a swim. I can't remember if was our dam or if it was at Blue Rock Creek swimming hole, but after the stress of the day and the heat, it was just wonderful. I felt so refreshed and ready to face the next day at school.
Turn the clock foward 50 years and how would that translate for a new kid going to school for the first time? Not much more than providing a reassuring environment at home at the end of the school day, along with a nice snack and and their favourite cold drink.
Just occurred to me, Tony and Rae must have some newies for school too. Well they are experienced at it. Sister, in spite of being a teacher, will be very questioning of Little Jo's first day at school. Little Jo is an absolute sponge for learning, so I think she will do ok and she has been socially primed by day care and kindergarten.
Yes, I am ranting on a bit but I had to laugh. Mother was the reporting witness. Little Jo got a good telling off by Sister for something she did. Bone Doctor and Mother were out in the car with Little Jo and Little Jo insisted they return home to see Sister as she needed to tell her mother something really important.
'Mummy, I need to tell you I love you'.
Do you remember your first day of school?