Thursday, January 31, 2013

High School

Hello Blog.

There are all sorts of things I could be saying here today (wherefore art thou January, for example) but what I really need to tell you is that my firstborn  - who has been 12 years old for a mere week - started High School today.

firstday highschool951

We rode our bikes to school and when I left him there with another kid he knew, he was looking really stressed and was focussing on finding a place to lock up his bike. As Cherub and I rode away together to his familiar, and by comparison, little, primary school, the memory of Climber's evident tension and the reality of my own became too overwhelming and stupid tears started to leak out which lasted my whole ride back home too. Just consolidating my reputation as the Mother Who Cries, really...

Fig A. First Days of School in our house...

Also: Fig B. Crying at Climber's Graduation from Primary School...


and Fig C. Crying on Climber's last day of Primary School.


Of course, I am not sad he's going to High School - I think he'll have a fine time and do well, and I'm looking forward to seeing the young man he'll become.  But I do get rather emotional and anxious at times of change, particularly where the kids are concerned. It's all right.  I'll probably have it in control by the time they start University. 


  1. I so get the crying thing - today I wanted to cry at the sight of all the tiny little preppies in their oversized clothes, and they weren't even mine!

    Climber looks so ready for high school.

  2. oh stop - now I'M leaking too!!!!!

    (your fellow sooky la-la colleague Mum from across teh country

    PS - They frown on having first day photos when they go to university, just so you know

  3. Ah, I'm a weeper too. My eldest enrolled in University yesterday and I had a little weep.

  4. Geez. At least you look dignified when you weep. I just go all red and puffy. The kids have started making me sign "I Will Not Sook In Front of Kid Classmates" declarations.

  5. Also, it kind of amuses me that you put FIVE photos of yourself, crying, in one blogpost. Brave woman.


  6. Ha ha, I'm a cryer too, but I make sure there's no photographic evidence!

  7. Imagine how embarrassing you are going to be at his wedding! :)

  8. Oh, I can cry at adverts. Luckily no-one takes any pictures.

  9. I wouldn't count on it. And just wait till he leaves home... Sigh.

  10. Awwww. Now you've got me tearing up too!

    Such a big milestone when they start highschool. I was sad yesterday when I realised my oldest is now closer to the end of high school than the start!

  11. Go for it, cry your heart out! I do too :-)

  12. I cried on the first day of middle school for the boy this year. And the math homework makes me want to squall or scream most nights!

  13. I cried on the first day of middle school for the boy this year. And the math homework makes me want to squall or scream most nights!

  14. Oh my! Doesn't he look "All growed up!" I can't believe we've watched him grow up, and up, and up since he was a toddler...Hope his H.S. years are great....wipe your eyes Stomper! Glad to see you back in blogland.


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