Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

September 1, 2010

Every Day's A School Day

Today was a big day. Today you started 'big' school. How on earth that tiny baby we brought home nearly 5 years ago grew up so quickly, I will never know.

You couldn't get to sleep last night or eat your breakfast this morning because you were so excited. You told me your tummy felt funny. I said that this was probably because you had butterflies in your tummy. You said you thought they were actually dragonflies. You are so smart you are probably right.

You couldn't wait to put on your school clothes this morning. You thought it was 'so cool' to be wearing them and Daddy lifted you up so you could see yourself in the big mirror. You smiled a huge smile.

We wanted to take a photo of you on your big day. You wanted us to take a photo of your Ben 10 school bag.

You were ready to leave 45 minutes before we needed to. I suspect this is the first and last time that will ever happen.

Standing in line in the school yard you said hello to a few new friends and so did I. "Mummy, mummy," you said tugging at my sleeve, "when can we go inside?"

Finally, the teacher called us in. You held my hand and strolled into the classroom as if you'd been going there all your life. You told the teacher your name, put your bag down and walked off to sit down. I waved goodbye. You waved back and smiled. I was so proud of you.

You know so much already, but there is so much more for you to learn. I know you will soak it all up, think about it and then ask me lots and lots of difficult questions. I look forward to it.

Today was a very special day. We reached another milestone and proudly passed it. No tears. No need to worry. Just lots of excitement and hopes for a brilliant future ahead.

The dragonflies in your tummy will soon settle down, but I hope that a few continue to flutter and that a little part of you is always as excited about school as you were today.




  1. What a beautiful post, brought a tear to my eye as I thought about Amy's first day many years ago. Hope all goes well.

    CJ xx

  2. That's lovely. It's such a huge milestone for the child and the parent - hope you're both ok x

  3. Lovely post, hope she continues to love going to school as much.

  4. My five year old Charlie boy starts in a few weeks. I hope he has a wonderful start like this.

    Well done, to you both.

  5. My god, I still feel that same way for them and my son is L6 this year. Daughter, who is 14 has organised her pencil case and layed out her clothes for tomorrow.
    The first day back is great!

  6. A tear in my eye too... did you cry? We will be doing this on Monday. -HMx

  7. Nana and Grandad thought about him all morning and it brought back memories (some funny some sad) to us also. Our wish for him is that he retains that wonder of the world around him and his joy and excitement of the written word. May all of his teachers be loving and encouraging and help to expand his knowledge and love of books.What an exciting time ahead of you, my aul segoatia!

  8. What a lovely post, made me get all teary again.

    We have a few more days till my little man has to go to back to school, am trying to make the most of the last few days.


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