Three of my children have had their first day of school. One has not. So I now have first day nerves AGAIN!
New school, new uniform, new teacher… everything is new for my oldest as he starts college today. And it’s an exciting time, but for my introverted son, I know that today will take a lot of his energy, and that his nerves are also normal.
It did make me reminisce though – I don’t actually remember my first day of Primary School. A couple of fleeting images that come to mind, but memories of the first day? No. In fact I started a lot of first days at new Primary Schools (5 different ones), and I don’t remember any of those ‘first’ days. But I remember my first day at High School (both times – I went to 2).
I remember the new uniforms, the nerves, the changes in how the school was run, the whole different atmosphere about being in a school with big kids. So it makes me think about memories, and I hope that he makes a lot of good memories at College. It’s an exciting step.
I wonder at how the next year will change the relationships between my children.
I wonder at the beginning of high school independence.
I wonder at the self-management and time management that is coming for my son.
I hope that he is prepared and ready, and that I’ve done all I can to help him along, and make this next year a good one for him.
Ultimately, this next step will come down to the decisions he makes, and what he wants to get out of high school – I’m excited to see how he rolls with the changes coming his way.