I have had children at home for 9.5 years. And now I don’t.
The youngest bloke went off to school this morning.
The house is so very quiet, and at midday, an hour after the in-laws left after having a cuppa and a chat, it has hit me like a ton of bricks.
This morning was awful.
The young bloke woke us all up, so excited. “Come on, get up, it’s morning.” But then the emotional roller coaster started again. I had made his weetbix.
“I don’t want weetbix this morning, I want cheerios”. I made him cheerios and he proceeded to spill the bowl into his lap.
“I want my weetbix again please.” “Sorry, Dad has eaten your weetbix because you didn’t want it.”
He said “This is a terrible day.”
“I know what you mean, mate” I said as I cleaned up the sticky mess and made some more weetbix.
The runt of my litter, his size 4 shorts looked like trousers. He is the smallest kid in a group of over 30 kids, he is also the loudest. His voice booms over everyone else including the teachers (I’ve had his hearing checked).
I’m going to miss my sidekick. The cute, noisy, little kid, who would flash a smile at shopkeepers and they would give him an extra donut just because he has “such a warm smile”. The kid who everyone commented “he is amazing” as I would have to take him along to meetings for work sometimes, who would entertain himself for hours and chat up anyone around the place or make instant friends with other kids. Bold and cheeky, but compliant when required.
I’ve mentioned before, this period leading up to school has been very difficult for him emotionally. LABILE. I have wondered whether he is ready. He had his Best Start assessment the other day (they assess kids before kindergarten here). He said to the teacher “I don’t read”, not I can’t, but I don’t. She asked him to draw. He said “I don’t draw”. She looked at me, and I said “he is different to my other boys” (whom she has taught), “he’s more of an Action Jackson”. I didn’t mention that he can be extremely stubborn, but I think she got some idea.
I take comfort knowing that both Kindergarten teachers enjoy quirky kids. It will be interesting…