This year the scariest thing of my life happened: My little girl grew up.
She put on a uniform, slapped together her velcros and threw a bag on her back that was bigger than her entire body. As much as it pained me to say it, she was totally ready for it. She is the smartest little girl I know and absolutely flourishes in social and learning environments.
The real problem? I don’t think I was ready. I absolutely wasn’t. The first-year-of-school mistakes started, and they just wouldn’t stop coming…
Uh-Oh #1. The mufti day mix-up.
Simple concept – wear ‘normal’ clothes to school and donate a gold coin for a good cause. Easy, you would think. Clearly not.
Summer’s first mufti day was organised to help raise money for new library books (I think!) and she was so excited that she had her outfit planned and laid out in the spare room the night before.
She went off to school feeling really good about herself, but when I picked her up, she was as melancholy as the Smashing Pumpkins’ infinite sadness. When I quizzed her on her face, it went a little like this:
“Thanks heaps for the gold coin, Mum.”
Me, completely unaware – “What gold coin, hun?”
“The gold coin you were meant to give me for mufti day. I was the only kid in my class who didn’t have one. I looked like a peanut.”
“That’s not true baby, you look nothing like a peanut. And if you did, you would be sent home from school. They have a no nut policy.”
Uh-Oh #2. Off-the-cuff ain't good enough.
I am a talker - words are my life. So when Summer came home with her first speaking assessment I was so excited for her. She's a great speaker, so this was something I really felt that she could do well in with the right prep.
We spent days rattling off topics, forming arguments and buying palm cards (well no, that’s a lie, I was actually too tight to buy them so I just cut up large pieces of cardboard instead). So organised, right?
WRONG. Turns out I missed the note that came home telling us what date she had to deliver her speech.
Summer insisted that she gave it to me - I swear I never received one. The truth will always remain a mystery, however, she says that she sees the dog over the fence swimming in the pool while wearing sunglasses at night time, so I know who I would believe. Just saying.