The topic Reflection when photography related, usually suggests pictures of subjects seen on reflective surfaces like windows or water. I decided to be a bit out of the box this month and make mine reflection on a life event. Daisy's first day at school.
It’s August 2014 and it feels like the last five years has been put on fast forward. It's hard to get my head around the fact all this time has flown by. We get caught up in the daily grind of life and it doesn’t leave much time for fun. Now, we are here, at the school gate. I seriously thought I would cry on her first day at school, but surprisingly I held it together. She looked so grown up. I think my biggest wobble was actually when I got the leaflet before summer telling me who her teacher was going to be. It hit home then. I felt a little emotional buying her school uniform. I know normal school shoes are usually black but I so love the traditional red patent shoes, she had to have a pair! I kitted her out in a Cath Kidston bag, pencil case and stationary. After all, this is a monumental time in our life together and the perfect time to indulge.
Three little friends from our street started school together and I couldn't be happier. Although they are not all in the same class, they will see each other at playtime and lunchtime. Daisy will be going to what we are calling the "school cafe", which to everyone else, is school dinners. I really enjoyed that part of school since I was a traditional eater. I wasn’t really interested in sandwiches, fruit and yoghurt, which is usually the kind of thing you would expect in a packed lunch. Ok, I had the odd plea to my mum to have that but in most cases it was just curiosity on how the packed lunch kids spent their lunch hour. We always want what we don’t have but the reality of getting it usually isn’t that great long-term. For me, eating a hot school dinner with my fellow classmates was a social occasion and I'm hoping Daisy will appreciate that time to dine and chat with friends.
School has been a positive experience so far. We’ve had PE and homework. We’ve managed to remember to put a snack in Daisy’s bag for break time. We’ve even been to the school nurse when she fell and cut herself on her third day. We are on our last week of half days and next week she is going to be in school all day. I worry like everyone else with children starting school. I worry if she will manage to fasten her shoes on her own as I still give help at home when she says “I can’t, it’s to difficult”, but she can do it. I’m surprised she is able to carry her school bag, as it just looks so big compared to her body. She doesn’t really chat much about what goes on in school during the day but make no mistake she doesn’t miss a trick.
I’ve met two really great girls since moving, who as well as being my neighbours they are also friends. There’s never been any nervousness about the whole school event because our girls have played together in our almost cul-de-sac street for sometime. I'm glad Daisy and I moved house and met new friends. After all, nothing is scary when you share the experience with some great friends.