Tears and a Tie #SSAmazingAchievements

By | August 26, 2014

I guess it was overdue, after all the waiting with regard to T’s secondary school appeal and the allocation of a place, we’re a week away from him starting at his new school and there have been tears today.

Silent ones at first from T, which turned to louder sobs, tears rolling down his cheeks. Thank goodness D was in her room because he would have been angry that his sister would have seen him like that.

Like anyone else due to start school (be it secondary, primary or college) he’s anxious, worried that he won’t be able to find his way around, that he’ll get lost. It’s one big, massive, huge next step for him and he’s a child who thrives on knowing exactly where and when he’ll be somewhere.

T doesn’t like cuddles, they have to be strictly on his terms so, much as I wanted to envelop him in a huge bear hug (which always works for D), I settled for running his back, which seemed to help.

Reassurance, lots of reassurance that every other year 7 pupil – no matter how they may seem externally – will be feeling just as anxious and that as long as he goes to Reception on that first morning, they’ll point him in the right direction (I hope).

Already he’s decided how he wants to play that first morning, the offer of a lift from Hubbie was rejected, he wants to start as he means to go on, on that school bus.

And an achievement today, after sporadic practising of tying his school tie, T did it. Hesitant tying will become more polished as time goes on, but the determination in his face to get this right in advance was very evident.

We are so proud of him, we tell him but I wonder if he knows just how much.

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Mel J on 27th August 2014 at 9:38 am.

Aww so cute! I teach secondary school and so many of them couldn’t tie a tie that we now use clip ons!

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Jeannette on 2nd September 2014 at 10:07 am.

Thanks, clip ons are such a good idea, would definitely make it easier, but I’m glad he’s mastered it 🙂

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Caroline on 27th August 2014 at 2:11 pm.

Aww so lovely and must be a daunting experience for any child, and especially for one who likes to have a plan and know what he’s doing! I hope all goes well and he enjoys his new school! xx #ssamazingachievements

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Jeannette on 2nd September 2014 at 10:07 am.

Thanks Caroline, me too x

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Susan Mann on 27th August 2014 at 2:47 pm.

Aww that’s lovely. xx

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Jeannette on 2nd September 2014 at 10:07 am.

Thanks Susan x

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Sara (@mumturnedmom) on 28th August 2014 at 5:56 pm.

That’s really wonderful; how grown up of him to get organised in advance and to have a plan. It must be daunting, especially if you like to be sure of what you’re doing. Well done T x

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Jeannette on 2nd September 2014 at 10:08 am.

Thanks Sara, hopefully once he has a timetable and found his tutor room, he’ll be happy. Tomorrow will be a long day! X

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