Its' here!! for us anyway, I know some have already been there and everyone else will be looking toward this in the next few days.....BACK TO SCHOOL or as I like to call it 'Mission - I'm gonna try my hardest to make it possible'.
It is sometimes like a military operation depending on how many children and how many schools have to be reached by an ETA of 8.40 (that's our target).
I made an effort to get any packed lunches prepared and in the fridge the previous evening giving me time in the morning to observe school bag contents and the preparation of uniform. This all went quite well really and destinations were reached at the scheduled time which is shocking for saying we haven't been out of pajamas before midday on some days during the festive period.
My eldsest son started his first day bag with 'BIG BAG DAY', this day, how shall I describe it?? well, in my day, a long long time ago, no not in a galaxy far far away but it was when someone very deviously designed the timetable to involve, on one single day:
PE, Cooking, Art, Packed Lunch, Music and an afterschool club activity - eg. Chess. So with the school bag the size of Russia or arms like Mr Tickle from the Mr Men you had to juggle the....
PE kit (not knowing what PE day it was, outside = full kit or inside PE? =small kit! We prayed for rain.....
Cookery ingredients - the girls always took a nice picnic basket
Huge A1 (that's big) art folder
The biggest Lunch Box - saved the day if you had school meals
A musical instrument - completely stuffed if learning the tuba
and......your chess set with pieces carved from an oak tree.
The rest of the week was fine, just one A4 folder and a pencil, and a trip home for lunch if you lived near school, and they say school days are the best days of your life. My best advice is aim for a career that does not involve a big bag because by the time your 18, you won't be able to carry one.
When you've achieved that first day back it's a bit like an episode of 'Dora the Explorer', when you walk away from those school gates or drive away after the drop off, you are doing the 'We Did It' song and dance in your head, if you haven't experienced Dora, Google her, she's brilliant, you'll be wanting a back pack, a monkey friend called Boots and a talking map by the time you've finished.
So hope you've recovered if completed the mission and good luck to the rest who still have the adventure to complete. Stand by ya beds and see ya tomorrow.
What to Buy Wednesday
From May 2020 I will be writing a poem about something I may have purchased or would like to purchase.