Whilst Sunday has been a silent affair for a number of weeks (like these ones) tonight is a bit special so I thought it would be ok to break the rules!!
Bernard has just pointed out to me that today is a seminal moment in the Keynko house. Sunday evenings have a routine to them and have had for many years. Dinner, last minute check on homework, school uniform, PE kit etc. Lazy soak in a bath and then an early night ‘cos the weekend is over and it’s school in the morning!
Well tonight is the last Sunday night of compulsory education. This week will see Bernard reach the end of school, other than attending exams for a couple of weeks after half term. And yes she is of course going to 6th form and hopefully university, but that will be by choice not by edict from the government.
So that’s it, no more school! We reached a milestone last summer when we had to do the last big school uniform and equipment shop, and we have done our last parents evening, had our last end of year report and now the end of the whole chapter!
I have been a ‘school mum’ for 16 years! From those first nervous moments of Splosh’s first day, when we knew no one else there, to now when I wave Bernard goodbye from the house and have to hear about the day when she gets home. No more loitering in the playground gossiping once the bell has gone, no more PTA meetings and counting the pennies after a summer fayre. No more school nativity plays, no more clock watching as the teachers run out of time at parents evening.
A whole part of our lives is over with and a whole new exciting part starts. We have one baby away at university and the next 2 years will see our youngest prepare herself for the big leap into adulthood and independence. We have watched with ever swelling pride as Splosh forges himself a life in the wilds of Scotland, exploring his mountains and forming new bonds with people we’ve never met. And now we’ll do the same with Bernard.
For those of you still at the nappy, teething, sleepless night stage this must seem an age away, but trust me it really isn’t! It doesn’t seem 10 minutes ago that my babies looked like this
And now they’re all grown up! So enjoy it whilst it lasts, you’ll blink and miss it !
Now I’m off to find a suitable nursing home for Pretaboire and myself !
Zimmer frames are on order