Mama OWL Blog: Happy Endings, New Beginnings

Happy Endings, New Beginnings

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The time has come, L has finished primary school. I attended his leavers assembly having given myself a stern talking to beforehand - I was not going to cry. And I didn't.

Not during the assembly, anyway...

As I was leaving, the deputy head/SENCo told me how much she had enjoyed having L there and that he would be missed, which then set me off into a sobbing mess completely unable to express my gratitude for everything they have done for my son, and my family, as I had planned.

After his mistreatment at his previous school, the staff at his new school gave him the education, the opportunities, the time, and the care he deserved and they gave me my son back. I can't thank them enough for what they did for him. Some might say that they were just doing their job, but they really did go above and beyond for him, and I am so, so grateful for that. I'm so sad that it is time for him to move on, but I know they have given him the best possible start. When I got home (and composed myself) I wrote them an email and thanked them. I know I would have been incapable of saying the words out loud without crying again.

On the last day of school, the boys and I took in some gifts that they had chosen. We decorated a cake for all of the staff to share, H had two Costa Coffee gift cards for his teachers, L gave key rings I had made by Issy K Jewels (with little puzzle piece charms) to his link workers who are just the most brilliant ladies ever, and we gave the deputy head/SENCo a bottle of wine because frankly I'm sure she needed it by the end of term.

He was given a class picture signed by all the teachers wishing him luck at his new school and for the future, he had his shirt signed by all of his friends, and took a bunch of selfies of him & his chums before he left. And then it was time to go. Come September he'll be starting year 7 at senior school, off with A in the 6th form, and J in year 9, and the next chapter of his life will begin.

H has said how much he will miss having L at school with him, but he's excited about being the big brother at school now E will be joining him in the Autumn. She is really looking forward to going to "big school" and I know she will be well looked after by the staff, and of course by her big bro.

Her preschool graduation and sports day was the sweetest thing, she went up to receive her certificate & collect her folder and the preschool ladies said a few words about her, and then everyone gave her a round of applause. She enjoyed taking part in the races which were comedy gold rather than competitive, and it was all in good fun. All five of my children have attended that preschool so it's the end of an era for us now.

There are so many changes to come in the next few months. It's a cliché, but the time really does go by so fast. You don't see it happening until it has passed you by, and you realise that your children are taller than you. And have better social lives, because you can never get hold of them & they never answer their phone (that you pay for, so you can reach them). It just rings & rings - yet it's never out of their hand at home. Funny that...

I'm anxious about but looking forward to all the new challenges the new school year will bring all 5 of my kids. But first - let's enjoy the Summer!

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