I remember patting myself on the back a number of years ago as I walked through the playground having done my first half term of getting the children up and out of the house successfully for school runs. Then, as of last week, it all came to an end as my youngest finished her primary years and goes off to secondary school in September.
We had lots of fun events in school to mark the occasion, the highlight being the annual Year Six Mothers and Daughters rounders match. I was prepared to be thrashed by the girls and be pretty dreadful at it as it’s been at least 30 years since I picked up a rounders bat, however, upon donning our kit and arriving on the field, this fiercely competitive monster arose from within! Suffice to say, we won the match, but then a re-match was demanded at the end of term party on Friday. Not being ones to ever allow defeat across our doors, we were up for it… and then I ruptured my thigh muscle! Third degree tear as I flew passed second post… oh the pain. But do you think I let the girls know? Don’t be daft!!! I made it round to get my rounder and triumphantly sat down with my team… whilst dying inside of agony! Fortunately everyone forgot to count rounders as we were having so much fun so we shall never know who won, I reckon that’s the best way!
It’s funny because I remember for years everyone always saying to me “enjoy them while they are young, they grow up so fast” and for the longest time I didn’t get it, I was loving every step and every phase but all of a sudden I have now started getting it, feeling it, and yes, they do don’t they? I now have almost teenagers with smelly feet and armpits, messy bedrooms and opinions stronger than mine… but of course they are fantastic to be around, they make great cups of tea and I love watching them blossom into themselves, despite the fact that I have apparently entered the realm of embarrassing parenthood and every now and then I get told that I…“can’t go out looking like that”… so be it, I love it! Bring on the teens!
In the meantime, the sun is shining and the holidays are here… happy days!