WITH mixed feelings I ushered my Miss Year One and Miss Year Two through the school gates this week, ready to graduate through another educational year.
I write “mixed feelings” because during the week prior I’d wrestled with the customary truckload of “contact” needed for book coverings, painstakingly lengthened uniform hemlines with accompanying repairs, and, much to my absolute delight, re-entered the world of late-night lunchbox-packing.
But were we indeed “ready”?
The girls joyfully dressed and prepared for the first day ahead, “counting down” the days even, seeming ready and willing for another school year to begin. I pray that enthusiasm continues.
I, on the other hand, moved through all those pre-school tasks with a different brand of enthusiasm.
No, not joy at them being (almost) back at school – because I rather enjoy their company at home – but more that they have the opportunity to grow in knowledge, in confidence and in faith.
That’s my prayer for my children as I’m sure it is for yours.
Let’s truly support our teachers – who give so much extra of themselves and their time – in this endeavour, for indeed, we as parents are the “first educators” of our children.
I’m also planning to give thanks my “15 rounds” with just about as many rolls of contact are over for another year.
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