TGIF (ish) – Fri 14th Nov 2014

By | November 14, 2014

The end of the week is normally a source of happiness for D, she’ll happy squeak (and she does squeak!) her answers to “what’s today?” on the way to school as we’ll chat (albeit one-sided) about bits and pieces.

Today there were no happy squeaks, just a very anxious-looking D as we neared school and then entered, to the out-of-routine sights and sounds. Pupils excitably showing off their costumes and actions associated with their chosen super hero, the normally sedate – but smiley – figures of the head and deputy head were replaced by a Ghostbuster and a Teenage Mutant Njnja Turtle. All very very different for D.

She said on a few occasions “I want to go home” and would have bolted where it not for a teacher gently but firmly taking her up to class. No goodbye for me as she got to the top of the stairs, she wasn’t happy.

And it was a pale D collected at the end of the day, a bolting D to her “corner” where she’ll usually tell me what’s wrong. She’d enjoyed singing at choir club (her usual Friday lunchtime) but everything else had been too noisy, different.

Our walk home was made more complicated with the fact that the primary school we walk past had also had a dress-down day, more excited children, more anxieties for D.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a killjoy. A dress-down or theme day for charity raises money and it’s fun, but for some children who thrive on routine and the security that that brings, it’s not so. I wish she could enjoy it, to be one of those children we saw laughing away, excited that they were in costume, but C’est la vie.

In total contrast, T really enjoyed his day. Not only was it non-uniform but there were sixth form v staff sporting events to watch, right up T’s street and they suit his competitive streak very well.

The saying in the image below is so true, I hope everyone’s day has gone well Jx


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