Thursday, February 3, 2011

He's ready, but am I?


The night before the big event. My first child at school, Jasper's first day of Prep. He's has been talking about it all week, and is so excited about going to big school. He's all ready and set to GO.


But I'm not ready! I have a nagging paranoia that I haven't done everything!


Am I going to send my child to school without everything he needs? What if I am missing a pink pencil somewhere? What if I haven't correctly labelled ALL of his things, and he gets into a fight on his first day over the ownership of a glue stick? What if his library bag isn't the exact right one, and I am arrested under the School Code 37, Section 576 for providing inappropriate book carrying paraphernalia? ("I'm sorry Maam, but we specifically asked you to provide a satchel, what you have here is a haversack!").

I have meticulously gone over his list a thousand times.

I have ironed on name tags to anything that has a material surface ( I knew I'd find a use for that thing one day!), have written his name on everything that has gone into his pencil case and school bag, and found that I had to pull myself together with a sharp slap to the face when I was trying to embroider his name onto his ham sandwich!

So, finally, I think I am ready. I will probably go through the list and his bag another 17 times before I go to bed tonight. I will have nightmares tonight about him showing up at school in another school's uniform. And I will probably awake tomorrow morning to find that I have sleep-walked in the middle of the night, and have ironed on name tags to the curtains, the bedding, the tea towels, the fridge, the cat...




How were you with your back to school preparation? Were you confident in your abilities to organise your little one off to school? Or are you a slightly paranoid mumma like me?

5 comments:

Resist temptation said...

How did you go today? Did he just run off and play leaving you there to cry??
I already have anxiety about jett starting next year..I was chatting to my Avon lady the other day about my fear that he will not be able to open a wrapped sandwhich at lunchtime..she told me that they don't using clingwrap for sandwhiches etc now but they encourage nudefood containers...then I started freaking out about wether or not he could open one of them...for NEXT YEAR!!!! I may have to start lunchtime lessons to prepare him...

toushka said...

your cat can never be too labelled, so don't worry about that.

Voluptacon said...

Hahah. No that's fine. I bought those nude food containers and have been having little lessons on how to get into them and close them again. I think he'll be OK.

Yep, he did just run off and sit with the other kids, leaving me and his dad there bawling! Atti even sat there wanting to join in the class.
My babies don't need me anymore!!!

Voluptacon said...

Maybe I should have saved the embroidery for the cat :P

A Daft Scots Lass said...

You have an award.