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Today is DD's first day at secondary/senior school. The school bus picks up all the local students and takes them to the school in the town about 3 miles from here.

She asked me to go to the pick up point with her, which is nearly outside the Rift House. When we realised there were no other mums there, not even with the other year 7s, I offered to leave, but she said no, she would prefer it if I stayed and no, I'm not an embarrassment, even if I do look like an ancient version of Amy Winehouse without my false tooth in. When the school bus arrived it had started to rain and I was all but trampled to death in the stampede!

I felt tearful when I got back indoors. You see I never had much hope of conceiving so having a big 11 year old is the stuff of dreams.

But then through the window I noticed Bro J's car approaching. Just popping in with a good luck card for DD on his way to work. Aaah! What could be more comforting than the faces you have known all your life? : )

It seems summer is really over. BS went back to school yesterday, DD is now a year 7 and I'm back at work tomorrow after a 10 day break. And the weather feels very Autumnal.

And I don't look like any version of Amy actually. It just so happens we are both missing the same tooth...
2nd Sep 2009, 08:59   | tags:,,,

swamprose says:

she's growing up. such a compliment to you that she asked you to stay.

2nd Sep 2009, 12:49

kel says:

ah year 7 - terrifying and exciting in equal measures. I remember my mum realising that morning she sent me off to the bus stop that I'd never taken a bus anywhere alone in my life...

2nd Sep 2009, 13:26

Twiglet says:

Thank you both.

swamprose: She's always saying stuff like that. I was talking to BS about where we should go on holiday when she no longer wants to come with us and she was horrified! *Why wouldn't I want to come!?*. In some ways she is ridiculously grown up but in others she is very much a little girl and can't imagine us being anything other than we 3.

AmF: She has BS's brown velvet eyes and thick lashes. Mine are green with really sparse lashes. She's got the Twiglet family chin though.

2nd Sep 2009, 13:30

Twiglet says:

Sorry Kel, you comment must've come in while I was replying to the other ones. Indeed, DD hasn't been on a fare paying trip on her own either. But she has been on school journey and stuff. When I started secondary school I had to get a bus from Tooting to Fulham. But it certainly wasn't my first time alone on public transport. I don't say they were particularly safer times, the Moors murderers had committed their crimes in the then recent past and I can remember being flashed at at least twice, but we ourselves seemed more street wise.

2nd Sep 2009, 13:38

540air says:

Middle 540 daughter will be doing the same on Friday morning and the icklest one starts school on Monday. Scary times!!

She looks so grown up in these and I hope she had a terrific first day. Last year when middle 540 son started at secondary school, we waited for him to come home, asked him how it was when he came through the door and the only thing he could say was "There's so many stairs...." :)

2nd Sep 2009, 16:28

Twiglet says:

Thank you 540. I remember SLG saying that the ickle one was starting school this September. I didn't realise middle one was going up.. Scary times indeed.

DD is home now and full of what she's been doing.

Good luck for your starters on Friday and Monday. I'm sure that ickle one will be missed around the house.

2nd Sep 2009, 16:35

540air says:

Thanks, I'm sure she will be missed charging around the place :)

Did DD have a great first day?

2nd Sep 2009, 17:02

Twiglet says:

Yes, seems so. I however managed to give myself a headache stressing about her. She's lovely but such a funny little individual. I do worry about her, she's no team player and that's a huge school.

2nd Sep 2009, 17:05

JokerXL says:

She'll breeze-it.
Growing up so fast.

Mine are now 15 & 17, totally at ease in their surroundings.
Eldest starts a new course in Arnhem Monday, a bit jacked that he'll have to cycle in every day, (2x10 miles) doesn't get a student train-pass till he's 18 for some reason.
Youngest has just bought himself a drum-kit.
I'm so glad they live with their mother.

2nd Sep 2009, 18:06

rhys says:

I can't remember my first day (am I getting old?!) at secondary school but knowing me I was a nervous wreck. Hope her first day went well.

2nd Sep 2009, 18:43

Twiglet says:

Funny you should say that rhys because I can remember getting lost on my first day and DD got lost today too. Apparently, she was nearly crying when she got found. Oh and she got on the wrong bus at home time... As the evening has worn on and BS has got home from work all these little things are coming out.

Edit: Please don't mention that drum kit to BS, he'll only want one.

2nd Sep 2009, 19:04


2nd Sep 2009, 19:06

MaggieD says:

Our year 7's are due on Friday ..... we have a day at the beginning of term when just the Year 7's are in. A day when they can look around the school, orientate themselves without feeling intimidated by the presence of the older children.

I have to admit to a certain motherly instinct at the beginning of every new academic year .... and I am not the only one, most teachers are the same, I am sure DD will be fine.

She might not be a 'team player' but from what I have seen and heard, she has a strength of character that will see her through :)

2nd Sep 2009, 20:09

Twiglet says:

Thank you Eye_C and Maggie. I don't know why Maggie but I thought you taught the little 'uns like BS does. He has a class of Y4s this time. Taking a break from the SENs.

2nd Sep 2009, 20:11

MaggieD says:

My worse (working) nightmare would be teaching little 'uns ..... the older the better as far as I am concerned ....

2nd Sep 2009, 20:18

Twiglet says:

Really? BS used to do nursery and he 'd like to have ago with Y1s.

My worst nightmare would be working with children at all but if I had to I'd prefer the teenagers.

2nd Sep 2009, 20:20

cariadus says:

I never actually had to get a school bus. I lived about 200 yards from the school. Naturally I was always the last to arrive! Neither of our kids has had to get a school bus either.

We only have one year left of either of our children being in school.

2nd Sep 2009, 20:34

MaggieD says:

Nursery, Year 1 ..... they are still wetting themselves !

2nd Sep 2009, 20:38

Twiglet says:

Funny that, we lived about 100 yards from her primary school in Putney and we were always late!

2nd Sep 2009, 20:39

Twiglet says:

Maggie, this doesn't worry BS. Apparently this is why TAs were invented (if you're a bloke teacher).

2nd Sep 2009, 20:42