Timing – Thurs 4th Sept 2014

By | September 4, 2014

Timings have been a bit of discussion in the Bluecrisps household tonight.

I’ve mentioned before about T’s need to know exactly what is happening and when. It’s part of his “make up” and we accept that. Hubbie is mindful to explain routes and potential delays when taking trips to football matches and (on the rare occasion) we go to town, I have to let T know exactly where we’re shopping and the order, no sneaky deviations into Phase Eight for me!

Anyway, his commencement at secondary school would have meant a longer journey whenever he went. The school originally allocated to us is probably about 1.5 hours walk away and we appealed that, not became of the journey, but because we felt our first choice was a better “fit” for T, a slightly smaller school with a fantastic community feel and environment, he was visibly more comfortable walking around it too.

But there is indeed a journey, a journey by school bus which is about half an hour, depending on traffic.

And that’s been the (considerable) discussion this afternoon. The bus to his school this morning was 10 minutes late, it happens, traffic hotspots etc, but T didn’t see that he’d still have to leave at the same time tomorrow, we have to assume that some days it will be late but some days it will be on time. There is just the one school bus, with no other direct route and there isn’t scope for complacency.

To demonstrate to T, we used the fact that the afternoon bus was about 5 minutes late getting to the stop D and I were waiting for him at yesterday, but today it was on time. Its timing is dependent on so many factors, hopefully T will accept them.

On a positive though, he is recognising little landmarks along the way, ones that we pointed out on Sunday and that’s helping him to appreciate that it won’t be much longer before he’s getting off the bus.

Another positive – bus moans aside – is that he’s had a really good day. He is so positive about the school, who he’s recognised from other u12’s football teams and the lessons. It’s going so much better (so far) than we could have hoped, really pleased.

D returned to school today, she bounced in, full of smiles and gave her favourite TA (who isn’t in her class) a hug when she saw her in Reception. She’s the only girl in her class (last year she was one of two) and she has been joined by two of her three “boy friends”. Not the “main” one, the one who proclaimed to his rivals that he was D’s “boy friend” at her birthday party, but two very smiley chappies who adore her. So, seating could be interesting..

She’s had a good first day, but very tired and there were a few tears this afternoon due to that and the fact that T was absolutely full of adrenalin after his bus journey. He does look so smart, walking alongside us in his shirt, tie and jumper with us at the end of the day, I haven’t been allowed to take a photo yet.

So, travel timing issues aside, it’s been a good day, both children happy in their school environments, I can’t really ask for more.

I hope everyone’s day has gone well Jx

Tonight’s picture is one that D drew of her and T playing football:


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Marylin on 5th September 2014 at 9:08 am.

Ohh fantastic! So pleased to hear things are going well all in all. It’s such a relief, isn’t it? x


Jeannette on 29th September 2014 at 9:39 am.

It so is, thanks 🙂


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