That’s the sound of another year flying past us.
On 1st September Aaron and Faith started their new school year.
Aaron is now in Grade 4 and Faith is in Grade 2.
For Faith this means she is now part of the main school, she gets to play where ever the rest of the school plays. The Grade 1’s were restricted to their own playground that they shared with the Grade 0’s, so this is a big step for her.
It also means there is no more sandpit for her to play in which means no more sandpit coming home in her shoes and pockets. Yay for me!
She is also going to aftercare every day, where they will hopefully help her with homework since I am useless with most of it.
So far she is loving being in ‘big’ school.
Aaron, on the other hand, no longer has aftercare. He is now in Grade 4 so both the school aftercare and the private aftercare say he is big enough to look after himself in the afternoons.
::puts head between knees, takes deep breaths::
My baby is almost 10 and is now coming home from school all on his own. Making himself something to eat. All on his own. Doing his homework. All on his own. Looking after himself until one of us gets home. All. On. His. OWN!
But I think this child will be just fine. No, I know he will. He is a smart, independent, compassionate boy.
Here’s just one of the reasons I think this child is awesome!
Yesterday when he went home, the downstairs neighbours dog was outside. He called me to ask what he should do. I told him to knock on the door and if no one answered to try open their garden gate or try pick her up and put her over the fence.
They were not home, he couldn’t open the gate and she was too heavy (and growly) for him to lift, so I told him to leave her, I was sure her humans would be home soon and its not the first time she has been out, she never strays far and waits near the door for them anyway.
He wouldn’t hear of it. Told me it was too hot and she couldn’t stay by herself. So he coaxed her into our place, gave her a bowl of water and she then proceeded to climb on my couch and lick and bite herself for an hour, leaving a big wet slobber patch and half her hair all over my couch.
But my sweet, kind hearted boy refused to leave her vulnerable. He makes my mama heart so proud.
Here’s to a new school year. May it be as awesome as my children are!