Three of my brood went back to school today.
Where has this summer gone? I’m sure I must say this every year but seriously, it flew by. I actually love having them all at home. Life with four children can be non-stop. Literally. But I love it. I seriously love the hustle and bustle of having them all around.
Going back to school is always so bittersweet though.
I love seeing them all crisp and perfect in their new uniforms and shiny shoes. By the time they finish on the first day of course they look like their usual rumpled selves. But I can’t help but miss the long lazy summer holidays filled with shorts and mucky knees at the end of a long day.
I am lucky in that they all love school and seeing them full of excitement on that first morning back fills me with pride. My big, brave children going off into the big, brave world of school. But I selfishly just want to keep them at home with me forever and ever.
Every school year seems to be another huge step for us. Last year, one of my daughters started high school as another started primary school. The year before that my son started high school as another started nursery. And this year is no exception. My son is in his third year of high school now. How? Just how? My daughter in her second year of high school already. Another daughter starting Year 1 and then there’s my baby girl. She’s starting nursery later this month. Now that is going to be a killer.
For now, as much as I miss three of them going off to school (and I really do miss them!) I can’t help but cherish these days too as they are my last full days at home with my three-year old. She’s only going to nursery for a couple of hours each day. I know it will be so good for her to mix with other children before starting primary school next year. But she’s my baby! I am crying now just at the thought of it and I honestly can’t imagine being home alone even for those couple of hours. I know I am being completely selfish and I seriously need to get a grip! After being at home full-time for over five years I should be looking forward to grabbing this bit of time to myself. It’s just that right now, I am really struggling to find that silver lining.
Every school year just seems to be passing at lightning speed and sometimes it would be nice if things could just slow down a little. My beautiful children are growing up so fast and the most bittersweet thing of all is loving every minute of that but yet wanting to hit that pause button so I can enjoy them just as they are for that little bit longer.