End of an era

Well, in just over half an hour I will go and pick Anna up from her last ever day at Infants. Where did that time go? It feels like yesterday we took her for her very first day in Reception, and then husband and I went out for lunch afterwards to take our minds off worrying about her constantly until it was pick up time. And now it’s all done. That little girl, barely out of the toddler phase, has grown up so much, developed her independence, learnt to read and write and do fractions. Learnt to manage, and thrive, without mummy around for most of the day.

We couldn’t have asked for a better school, and she has loved pretty much every minute. Juniors is part of the same school, but on a different site, so moving up feels like a bigger deal than I think it might for some people. Anna is looking forward to it, mainly: “a bit nervous, but excited nervous if you know what I mean, Mummy”, and I know she will cope just fine. Better than fine, I think she’ll relish new challenges and new experiences. She is ready and eager to grow up and move on, and I’m so proud watching her, whilst also wanting to press Pause, just for a little while and keep my little girl little for a little bit longer.

Before Juniors, though, we have a summer to look forward to. She has eagerly anticipated trips planned to see and stay with both sets of grandparents, and I’ve been making a list of activities and day trips which work for a 7 year old and a 19 month old. It’s quite short so far, but actually if the weather carries on like this then they’re both pretty happy playing various very splashy games in their tiny paddling pool in our tiny garden with an ice-cream every so often.

Here’s to some lazy, hazy, crazy summer days which contain no school runs. Here’s to making the most of both children at the lovely ages they are right now. Here’s to me remembering to keep the freezer stocked with Mini Magnums and the fridge stocked with post-bedtime white wine. And here’s to my patience not totally deserting me by the middle of next week, leaving me desperate for Anna to go back to school, any school, just as long as I get some peace and quiet! Happy Summer, everyone.

summer fun

 

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7 thoughts on “End of an era

  1. chiswickmum says:

    Here’s to those little big milestones! And to ice lollies and yes that all important white wine! Have an amazing summer – so jealous, I have this week and all of next before I go on ‘leave’ and get some glorious summer time with the boy! Love the shot of your garden – nothing can beat impromptu garden water fun!

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    • helenlouisechandler says:

      It’s brilliant. A brought a friend back after school and they spent hours playing mermaids – but, I’m delighted to say, kick-ass mermaids attacking an imaginary sea-witch with water pistols. Enjoy your summer when it arrives – not long now. x

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  2. Gill Dover says:

    Hi Helen – I was telling your dad recently that Charlotte is moving from Reception to Year 3/4 in September and he said that Anna moves to Year 3 too this time. Where does the time go? It seems like yesterday when your mum and dad told me Anna was starting school!
    Have a wonderful summer, whatever you do, and we might bump into each other when you are up this way.

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