So today T goes off on her first her residential trip with school. She is gone until Friday with 39 other children! They are staying in a country house just over an hour away from home and will be taking part in nature walks, outdoor challenges, making their own films,arts and crafts and the thing she is looking forward to the most… dvds and hot chocolate in the evening!
I remember staying away in York with my class in year 6, T is only year 3 so this seems so early for me! But what can you do when she wants to go, has been planning what will go in her suitcase for the last month and cannot talk about anything else! It’s time to take that deep breath and let someone else look after your child. I remember feeling like this when she first started school. You are in effect leaving your child with strangers for the best part of a day. It’s a really horrible feeling at first and I ended up feeling a lot more upset than she ever was!
I have a feeling this is going to be the same. She has never stayed away anywhere that isn’t family before, Well apart from one sleepover at a friend’s house who lives a 2 minute drive from our house. I think I’m feeling so nervous about this because I can’t contact her. There will be regular updates on the school Twitter page but just not speaking to her until Friday is really going to be so hard for me!
I have been building up to this feeling all week trying to distract myself from how sad I knew I would be saying goodbye to her at school by continuing our normal routine this week. We did a workout last night and she read to us before bed, I went to choir and she’s had healthy meals all week.
My mind wanders at work and while I’m driving to how much I will miss her and will just count the minutes until she comes back Friday. I spent a lot of yesterday singing choir songs to myself at work and playing loud music in my car to drown out these thoughts for I know this will be an amazing experience for her and she will love the challenges and fun times with her friends in her dormitory. I cannot wait to hear all about it when she gets back but for now it’s time to dry the tears and think about me for a couple of days!