Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Back to School
Instead, I'm reminiscing on my eldest daughter's first day at high school.
She got into a excellent specialist school about an hour's train ride away. I think I was more nervous than she was! I went to school in a foreign country where I walked to school every day. And here I was tossing my firstborn onto the public transport system to send her off in the wide, wily world.
She was gonna be doing this every day. Without her momma.
Okay, that first day I went with her. Being the organised creature I was, I immediately spotted any other student with the same uniform she had.... granted, this wasn't until the half-way transfer. Our train was woefully short of her fellow schoolies, but there were plenty of other students going to other schools. (Perth is very much a commuter town, with lots of students going to specialist or private schools well outside their suburb. This pleases my meritocratic soul.)
Yes, my baby had to make a transfer from one train to the other. By herself. Every day.
Except for today, as I was going with her. Fortunately, the train we hopped to was the school special. It serviced four schools along its route, dropping off the Apples, the Mellies and so on, as they came to their schools.
This bus was crammed with plenty of students for my daughter's school, along with their parents doing the same thing as me.
Best thing to do: network with these other students, as chances are they'd be commuting every day together. Not that I'd have to worry. I learn from a few people that during the commute, the students all watched each other's backs. Also, the trains had extra guards to protect the students as they travelled.
When we got to school, I dropped of my diminutive daughter and asked her if she wanted me to pick her up after school and ride the trains home with her.
"No, I've got this."
And later that day, when I picked her up from the train station, I discovered that she did.
Her Grace is gonna enjoy the First Day of School sendoff, as there's not many of them left.