I was having a conversation on Twitter with @TheBoyAndMe whose son is starting school for the first time this week.
Like mums the world over she was both sad and excited. Excited about the adventure before him but sad to be leaving their current way of life behind.
I assured her that starting school is an amazing time of their life. That it’s a big parenting milestone all parents go through but watching him learn and develop makes it all worth while.
But the truth is I remember only too well the day my own son left for his first day at school. And I cried like a baby. And that’s OK.
Because he has turned out OK. More than OK. He’s positively flourished at school and they’re churned out (with a touch of help from me and his dad) a very fine young man.
So this post is for all those mums and dads out there with big eyes and downturned mouths as their little charges put on a big uniform and walk through those school gates which seem absolutely HUGE.
They turn out fine in the end. Better than fine. My son is just moving up into Year 6 at middle school and these days he walks through those slightly smaller looking gates while his mum watches on a bursts with pride.
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