How quickly we get back into routine.  The routine that involves waking Pearl several times, reminding her several times to get dressed in the clothes she laid out the night before, finding her reading behind the rocking chair (in her nightgown), trying not to shout, assuring her that I have no problem with her going to school in her nightclothes, packing lunch, insisting on breakfast, chasing her down to do her hair, ignoring complaints about having hair plaited and gelled (against headlice), and finally, eventually, getting out the door miraculously on time… sort of.  Oh, and dressed in day clothes.

We got to school about 10 minutes before the bell, enough time to find the toilets and have a good look at the classroom and see lots of friends from previous years and have a very quick catch-up and how-was-your-holiday.

Pearl is in a lovely new (2 or 3 years old) classroom, light and airy and comfortable, with windowseats (!).  It looks smaller than the classrooms I remember when I was eight, but I am bigger now so perhaps it’s much the same.  She was nervous about her new teacher, but at the end of the day was cautiously happy.  He’s a good teacher, he loves books and music, and she thinks she will like him “but he’s very strict”.  That’s probably a good thing, I said, and she grinned and nodded.

She says the class spent the day “mostly talking”, getting to know each other.

After school, she was invited for a play-date but said to her friend, “Ummm, Mum and I have some special time together after the first day of school.  Can I come another day?”

Awww.  An ice-cream on the way home was guaranteed after that!

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2 Responses to “School”

  1. Marita Says:

    That sounds fantastic. I hope our first day on Friday goes as smoothly.

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