Please stop growing!

My little chickens started back at school this week. There is a quiet in the house that I haven’t heard in a while. There is no giggling, un-ending snack requests, toys everywhere, muddy shoes by the back door where they have been in and out all day. It’s sad, but I know that they are glad to be back with their friends. They have both had fantastic first days in new classes.

Luke is moving up to key-stage two and entering year three. I think this will be good for him. He has autism and loud, unorganized mix class he was in last year was not great for him. I am looking forward to seeing him build on all the amazing skills he has learned already. I am seeing more of his little personality bloom each day, he is such a character.

Alexander, my eldest has moved up to Highschool. His little tie is so cute. He was so proud when he came down smartly dressed yester morning. He kept saying how he was so excited, but as I drove him to the bus stop he told me “mum, I’m just nervous now”. I told him that he would have a great day and that it was okay to be nervous. As we pulled up, I saw all his friends at the stop, I didn’t want to embarrass him, so I gave him a quick hug and off he went. I did sit for a bit while he began to mingle, at that point I knew he would be fine.

 I can’t quite believe that this day has come so soon. It seems like only yesterday that I was taking him to pre-school. He was always confident and actually cried when I picked him up instead of when I dropped him off. I am incredibly proud of how this little boy has become such a smart, confident and kind young man.

The days of nappies and breast feeding seem like a distant memory to me now. I think if things in my life didn’t go the way they did, I would have loved another baby. But as I look back on the last 12 years, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have grown and learned so much. Life as a teenage mum was friggin hard, but I am so, so proud of where we are now and how far we have come. I am so thankful to my family for helping raise Alexander and shaping his kind heart. You can plan your life exactly how you want it to be, but it will never take the road that you planned. Life isn’t a straight road, it’s a winding road with twists, turns and dead ends. But, you only know it’s a dead end when you’ve walked it, and you can give up or you can turn around and keep going. Always, remember to stop and enjoy the walk, because before you know it you’ve reached the end of your journey.

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